US FDA labeling requirements for food

Here is the summary of  FDA labeling requirements for food products marketed in the USA.

FDA labeling requirements for food

Overview of US FDA labeling requirements for food

  1. The product should bear a statement of identity (common name of the product) more prominently on the principal display panel.
  2. Net weight should appear both in US customary and metric systems ( example in Ounce and Gram)
  3. List of ingredients in the order of predominance by weight
  4.  Declaration of Allergens
  5. Nutrition Facts table
  6.  Name and address of the manufacturer or distributor
  7. Country of origin

The above list is just an overview of FDA labeling requirements for food products. Since food labeling is a complex task, as you start working on food labeling, you may face several challenges. Nutrition Facts labeling is one of the most critical parts of food labeling.

While creating the nutrition facts labeling, it is important to consider several aspects such as mandatory nutrient reporting, calculation of % DV , rounding rules for vitamins, mineral, and macronutrients. Formatting of the Nutrition Facts label is also one of the vital requirements.

Changes to Food labeling requirements 

On May 27, 2016, FDA has updated Nutrition Facts labeling requirements. Below is a brief summary of the changes.

  • Calories in a larger and bolder type font
  •  Servings in a larger and bolder type font
  • Updates to serving size
  • Daily values updated
  • Changes to nutrient reporting
  • Changes to footnote
  • Reporting of actual values for minerals and vitamins
  • Addition of “Added Sugars”

Nutrition Facts labeling exemption  

Foods that contain insignificant nutrition such as instant coffee (plain, unsweetened) and most spices are exempted from nutrition fact labeling requirements.

Also, small businesses are exempted from Nutrition Facts labeling requirements. FDAbasics can assist you in submitting nutrition facts exemption. Contact us for more information.

Food labeling review is a crucial and complex task since it involves in-depth verification of your product label. Labeling review is not just about verifying the presence of mandatory statements mentioned in the labeling overview which you can do yourself. Our labeling review services include beyond only mandatory verification statements required by the FDA. 

Non-compliance to FDA labeling requirements may result in the detention and shipment refusal.

Our labeling review services will help you to quickly understand FDA requirements and comply with FDA food labeling requirements.

FDA basics offer labeling review services food, beverage and dietary supplements. Please contact us for more information.

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