Food Packaging Labels – Required Information:

All countries have requirements regarding information that is printed on food packaging labels. Usually a label has to convey the following: name of the product, the manufacturer’s name and address, net weight, serving sizes, list of ingredients and nutrition information per serving

In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration requires the following data to be clearly stated on a food label:

The list of ingredients has to include any allergy-causing food. Eight most common food allergens are: peanuts, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish, eggs and milk, and their presence in a food product have to be made known.

The Food and Drug Administration also has specific claims regarding some other, mostly health, information. Claims such as “100% organic,” “fat free”, “low calorie” etc. have to follow standard definitions by the FDA. For example, if you want to label your product “low calorie”, one serving cannot contain more than 40 calories. For a complete guide on food label info requirements it is the best to check the FDA website.

It’s very important to label your product right. It is the key to avoiding legal issues and to creating a trusting bond with your customers.

Also, remember that your food packaging label needs to contain a barcode.