My Food Product: Do I Need Nutrition Facts On My Labels?

Posted on February 28, 2013 by

When you have a food business the question of nutrition fact labels will eventually arise. It may be a customer requesting them, a store that is considering carrying your product, or even yourself.

Naturally, you should ask yourself if you NEED nutrition labels on your packaging. This is actually a two part question, because on the one hand the FDA has certain rules for when you are required or exempt from having nutrition facts on your label. On the other hand, you are always permitted to voluntarily include nutrition facts in your packaging - whether it be for personal reasons, marketing, or customer requests.

In short, nobody is going to stop you from adding a nutritional panel to your product's packaging, but in this post we'll go over the FDA rules for when you are obligated to do so.

When You Need Nutrition Facts

If you'd like to investigate the rules yourself, take a look at the FDA guide on exemptions to nutrition fact labeling. Below is a list of situations for which you are required to have nutrition facts:

On the flip side, the following is a list of situations for which you are exempt from having nutrition facts:

Beyond The Rules

Most food companies start providing nutrition facts on their labels well before they hit any of these thresholds because it's good practice, provides a layer of transparency for your customers, and just seems like the right thing to do. But if you don't yet provide them yet, keep these rules in mind. And when the time comes, we're here to make it easier for you to get started making nutrition fact labels.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to email us, as we're happy to entertain any and all questions. We usually provide good answers too!

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