FDA Food Labeling 101

The FDA does not pre-approve food labels. Good inventors/chefs/cooks have given up on their dream while waiting on approval for their label. The Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 1990 gave the FDA labeling authority. The Act mandates that the Food Labeling Areas of Interest determine their category.

The Food Labeling and Standards Department handles any questions about labels. Questions about warnings and safe handling should be presented to the FDA’s Warnings and Safe Handling Statements Department. Food labeling is one of the most frequently addressed issues of these departments. It can be very challenging, tedious, and seem unnecessary. But it is necessary to meet these requirements if you want to sell your product.

Basics for Food Labels to Meet FDA Requirements

Name of the product or statement of Identity

Provide the name of your product. If your product gains popularity, you do not need to rename your company. Instead, check with your local Secretary of State office, do an online search, or pay for a business search to check the name. The US Patent and Trademark Office will not be helpful.

Net quantity of contents, or amount of product

This is the total quantity or amount of product in that packaging. For example, suppose your peanut butter cookies come in a package of six cookies. This section is where you would indicate that.

Nutrition Facts

Warnings and Safe Handling Statements

WARNING: This product has not been pasteurized and, therefore, may contain harmful bacteria that can cause serious illness in children, the elderly, and persons with weakened immune systems.  (Code of Federal Regulation Chapter 21-Subchapter B)

The FDA requires this wording above if there are concerns about safe handling procedures.

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Acceptable Location for Information on the Food Label

Our LabelCalc Nutrition Label Creator can provide the food label you want. You can also get the FDA-required information in four easy steps. First, call LabelCalc at 805-453-5045 to discuss.