By Dana Harris
Whether you approve of or criticize the FDA’s ways of regulating food-related issues, there’s no way of going around it. The FDA is in charge of regulating about 80 percent of food products and food packaging labels on the U.S. market. So, if you are a food producer, you better familiarize yourself with the agency’s requirements for proper food labeling.
Many food producers agree that the FDA regulations on food labeling are complex and sometimes not clearly defined, so creating a label that will pass authorization and not be a reason for penalties is not so easy to do. Food manufacturers often team up with food labeling experts to come up with a food label that will contain all of the information required by law. However, before paying money for a food packaging label that’s compliant with FDA regulations, it is wise to know at least the basics of proper food labeling:
1. Most packaged food products sold and distributed in the U.S. require labels that will contain the following information:
4. Five nutrients that must appear on all nutrition facts labels are:
To learn a bit more about the basics of proper food labeling, food producers can download this e-book on FDA Food Label Requirements in a Nutshell. It’s a recently created resource that condenses pages and pages of information on labeling as advised by the FDA, and it’s a good resource for both consumers and food producers, but especially for people who are new in the food business. It also provides links to all the relevant pages on the FDA website where food business owners can find more information.
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Dana Harris is a food market analyst for FoodPackagingLabels.net, the manufacturer of high-quality blank and custom food packaging labels. She is part of their creative team that provides interesting and helpful resources to food producers and consumers.