United States Nutrition Labels & EU Nutrition Labels: Making the Switch for Food Import

United States Nutrition Labels & EU Nutrition Labels: Making the Switch for Food Import

Whether you’re a large CPG company with several food products or a smaller manufacturer of packaged foods, one thing remains constant: your nutrition label must be FDA-compliant if you are interested in importing to the United States. With vast differences between the European nutrition facts panel and a nutrition label in the U.S., it is crucial that all nutrition information is transferred and listed in the proper label format. So if you’re curious, we’re bringing you the differences and the best practices of American food labeling.

What’s in a Nutrition Label?

As you can see pictured here, we’ve brought the EU nutrition facts panel alongside the American nutrition label for a comparable view:

There are several differences between United States Nutrition Labels and European Labels. Can you spot them all?

In this example it’s clear that there are multiple differences in not only the format of the label but the dietary guidelines, serving size, ingredient list and required nutrition information.

Here are a couple of the highlights:

Serving size: The portions are written in household measurement ( 1 cup, 1 serving, 15 nuts) where as the EU label cites nutrition information per 100g.

Nutrients: The European Union regulations require that total calories, total fat, saturated fat, carbohydrates, sugar, salt and protein must be declared while the FDA required 15 nutrients declared on a U.S. nutrition panel for packaged foods. (Calories, calories from fat, fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, sodium, carbohydrates, dietary fiber, sugars, protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and iron.)

Ingredient list: As you can observe in our photo comparison, the EU label lists the ingredients with percentage values. FDA regulations for an ingredient list in the United States requires that ingredients are listed in descending order by predominance.

Converting Your Label — The Easy Way

With all these differences from the EU label to the American nutrition facts panel, it only makes sense to use a software that is able to convert the nutrition information and ingredient list for your packaged food product into a label that makes your product FDA-Compliant and ready for import into the United States. 

This is where LabelCalc comes in (we know, shameless plug) but truly, we are here to help! In a few quick steps, you can input your food product recipe into our software and convert to U.S. values and have an compliant nutrition facts panel following all of the regulations set forth by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Our ingredient database pulls data directly from the USDA ingredient database. In doing so, this provides an accurate nutrition analysis of your recipe ingredients and provides you with the proper nutrition information in your analysis. This report is then updated regularly, just as often as the USDA updates their ingredients. Your food labels will be safe, accurate, and always FDA-compliant in the hands of LabelCalc.

Ready to get your new label? Contact us today. We’ll be happy to get you started.

What is LabelCalc?

LabelCalcⓇ is one of FoodCalc LLC’s two nutrition analysis products, created to help meet the needs of the food industry. Based in San Francisco, CA, we are a nationally recognized provider of online nutrition analysis that is fast, accurate, and FDA-compliant.

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