Global Harmonized System (GHS) Update

As the leading global producer of natural spice and herb flavor extracts, natural colors, natural antioxidants, and advanced hop products for the food and beverage industry, Kalsec® is committed to providing you with the highest quality, safe food ingredient solutions.

Please note that effective June 1, 2015, Kalsec®’s product safety information will be harmonized with OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS 2012).
Your Kalsec® products remain the same; however Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and product labels will be updated in compliance with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification & Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).

  • Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) will now be referred to as Safety Data Sheets (SDS).  The new SDS format has been expanded to a uniform 16 sections, including the GHS compliant pictograms of hazards and precautionary statements which will correspond to product labelling.
  • If a hazard is identified, the packaging of your Kalsec® ingredients will show the applicable:  signal word (Warning or Danger), pictograms, first aid, hazard and precautionary statements.
  •  OSHA’S GHS Fact Sheet
  • Kalsec® will email SDS’ to you

Questions about an SDS or Kalsec®’s hazard labelling program can be directed to Check back here for up to date information on Kalsec®’s compliance to GHS, labelling examples, and FAQ’s

Please share this communication with individuals within your company that may need this information.  Thank you for your continued business!


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Have Kalsec® products changed?

A: No. Your Kalsec® ingredients remain the same. They are simply being labelled with the hazards as prescribed by OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS 2012) and the Globally Harmonized System of Classification & Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).

Q: Do all Kalsec® products have GHS hazards?

A: No. Products with hazards identified will have the GHS information on the SDS and product label, while products with no hazards present will not have an SDS and no hazard information will appear on the label.

Q: How can a food ingredient have these hazards (ex: be highly flammable, corrosive to skin and eyes, and present acute oral toxicity)? Isn’t this going into food?

A: Food ingredients that are safe to be consumed in food products may pose workplace hazards if handled inappropriately.

  • It is safe for intended use in a finished food or beverage product.
  • It is not intended to be consumed by itself, but rather will be further incorporated into a finished food/beverage product.
  • Substances which are safe for a contemplated consumer use but will be further processed by downstream employees may pose unique hazards in the workplace. OSHA recognized that HCS compliant labelling is important to communicate hazards to exposed employees because there may be situations where worker exposure is significantly greater than that of consumers.

Q: Where can I go for additional information?

A: Here are some helpful resource links:


GHS Example Label

Below is an example of a GHS label for Oleoresin Black Pepper, Code 03-01.


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