Packaged food must be labeled. Food is packaged if it is bottled, canned, bagged, wrapped or put in a carton, and made available for self-service. The label on a food package tells consumers exactly what is inside the package in English.
The net quantity of contents is the minimum amount of food contained within a package, not including the weight of the package and packing material.
The information panel is usually found to the right of the Principal Display Panel.
Include information about the serving size, calories and key nutrients of the food. If required, the nutrition facts panel should be placed at the top of the information panel. A nutrition facts panel may be exempt for several specific reasons including: the size of the business, how the food is served or sold, if there are insignificant amount of nutrients, such as in spices, tea or coffee. more
Alerts consumers of major food allergens in the product. Eight major allergens included are: milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soy.
Any protein that was made from a major food allergen must be included. This can be done in one of two ways.
For tree nuts, state the specific type of nut. Examples: almonds, coconut, pecans. For fish or crustacean shellfish, declare the species. Examples: walleye, shrimp, lobster
If a nutrient content claim or health claim is made, nutrition facts must be included. Nutrient content claims indicate the nutritional value of the food.
Examples: low fat, high in oat bran, or contains 100 calories.
Health claims describe the relationship between a food component and a disease or health-related condition.
Examples: a brand name including a term such as "healthy," or a heart symbol.
Print the business name, city, state, and zipcode of the manufacturer, packer, or distributor.
If the name given is not the actual manufacturer, also state the establishment's relation to the product. Examples: Manufactured for or Distributed by.
Some additional label components for retail establishments could include: