Keeping up with the FDA food label regulations

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Food label compliance might seem like a tricky issue, however, it can be easy if you bring label printing in-house. With so many guidelines to follow, outsourcing your food label printing might seem like a better option. However, in practice, in-house label printing trumps outsourcing as it is more time and cost efficient!

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General food labeling requirements

Label statements

  • Place all required label statements on the front label panel (the principal display panel or PDP), or
  • Place certain specified label statements on the PDP and other labeling on the information panel (the label panel immediately to the right of the PDP, as seen by the consumer facing the product).

Information to be included in the PDP

  • Statement of identity, or name of the food, and the net quantity statement, or amount of product

Type size, prominence and conspicuousness

  • For information panel labeling, use a print or type size that is prominent, conspicuous and easy to read.
  • Use letters that are at least 1/16 inch in height based on the lower case letter “o”.
  • The letters must not be more than three times as high as they are wide, and the lettering must contrast sufficiently with the background so as to be easy to read.
  • Do not crowd required labeling with artwork or non-required labeling. Smaller type sizes may be used for information panel labeling on very small food packages

Name and address

  • Name and address of the manufacturer, packer or distributor. Unless the name given is the actual manufacturer, it must be accompanied by a qualifying phrase which states the firm’s relation to the product (e.g., “manufactured for” or “distributed by”)
  • Street address if the firm name and address are not listed in a current city directory or telephone book
  • City or town;
  • State (or country, if outside the United States); and
  • ZIP code (or mailing code used in countries other than the United States).

The information stated about food labels above was extracted from the FDA. For more information, do check out the comprehensive guide with diagrams from FDA.

Top 3 advantages of printing your food labels in-house

  • Greater control over the quality of your food labels
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  • Create barcodes of varying barcodes, expiration dates, prices, ingredients, etc.

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