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What is Required on Your Food, Beverage or Supplement Label?

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What is required on a food or supplement-label?

Do you have a new food, beverage, or dietary supplement product? Do you know exactly what needs to be your label?

Putting all necessary information on your product labels is important for two main reasons:

  • Potential customers want to know more about your products and their ingredients, effects, etc.
  • The government requires certain information to appear on labels and regulates that companies are complying.

To avoid any legal issues, here are what you need to know about labeling your food, beverage and dietary supplements.

 

Food & Beverage Labeling

The FDA separates food and beverages products from dietary supplements. Based on this separation, there are different labeling guidelines for each of the two types of products.

Requirements for food and beverages in the U.S., outlined by the FDA:

  1. Name of the product
  2. Name and address of the manufacturer or distributor
  3. Weight of the product
  4. Ingredients – listed according to amount (highest to lowest), any allergens or possibilities of ingredients cross-contaminated with allergens
  5. Servings – recommended serving size and number of servings per product
  6. Calories – per recommended serving size
  7. Nutrition information – for saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium, sugar, dietary fiber, protein, and carbohydrates listed in percent daily value
  8. Any artificial flavor or preservative added – included in ingredients list
  9. Vitamins and minerals – listed with percent daily value
  10. “Best before” date – indication for the consumer
  11. Barcode – scanned at checkout

It is important to note that the FDA approves individual products, not the companies that make them. Each new product requires a separate approval process. If companies truthfully provide all information on their product packaging, there shouldn’t be any regulation issues.

 

Dietary Supplement Labeling

The FDA defines dietary supplements as “products intended to supplement the diet”. Even though dietary supplements are not approved by the FDA, supplement manufacturers are still inspected for safe business practices.

In addition, the FDA ensures that good manufacturing practices (GMPs) are in place for supplements so consumers can be confident in the purity and safety of the any of the supplemental products they buy.

The FDA considers the following to be dietary supplements:

  • Vitamins
  • Minerals
  • Herb or other botanicals
  • Amino acids
  • Dietary substances for use by man to supplement the diet by increasing the total dietary intake
  • Concentrates, metabolites, constituents, extracts, or a combination of any ingredient mentioned above

Dietary supplements are differentiated from food and beverage products because they cannot replace actual foods. However, they do have a lot of the same labeling information as food and beverage products.

Requirements for supplements in the U.S., outlined by the FDA:

  1. Name of the dietary supplement
  2. Name and address of the manufacturer or distributor
  3. Amount of the dietary supplement – A.K.A. the net quantity of contents
  4. Ingredients – listed according to amount (highest to lowest), any allergens or possibilities of ingredients cross-contaminated with allergens
  5. Servings – recommended serving size and number of servings per product
  6. Calories – per recommended serving size
  7. Nutrition information – percent daily value of ingredients
  8. Any artificial flavor or preservative added – included in ingredients list
  9. “Best before” date – indication for the consumer
  10. Barcode – scanned at checkout

 

Dietary Supplement Claims

You can only use certain claims on supplements because they are not FDA approved, but there are still good options if you are set on making a health claim to market your products.

However, it should be noted that all claims made on supplements have to be followed by a statement that says “This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.”

If you want to see a full guide for making product claims, you can check out our other article here.

 

To Keep in Mind

Adhering to government labeling regulations is the best way to protect your brand. Accurate and truthful labeling is the best way to avoid legal issues. It will give your consumers trust and peace of mind about your products.

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