Creating Nutrition Fact Labels for Your Products
You've spent countless hours using the best ingredients to create your food or drink. But before it's ready to hit the shelves, there's one detail you can't forget to add — the nutrition label. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and consumer advocacy groups are coming down hard on businesses to provide accurate and truthful nutritional information on their packaging. We can help you tackle this major step by providing resources to get your products on the shelf.
Getting the Nutrition Content
Use a Nutritional Database
For smaller businesses and individuals, using a nutritional database is a practical option for doing it yourself. By entering in a particular ingredient and serving size, you can find out specific nutrition facts. They can host information on thousands of foods and ingredients and be searchable by food item, group, or description. They may even contain a complete analysis of common ingredients. One thing to be wary of is that some items are still unable to be analyzed.
Examples of Nutritional Database Services:
- USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference
- ESHA's Food & Nutrition Database
- Nutritional Information Services
- Menutail Cloud Based Nutrition Facts Analysis
Send your Product to a Lab
Food labs use their extensive database and food science experience to calculate accurate nutrition facts for consumers. The information they provide is based on the nutrition facts of each contributing ingredient and the percentage used in your recipe. Foods that are fried, coated, or salted must have their nutritional information determined by a lab because of their complexity. Unfortunately, since foods being analyzed in an official lab must follow strict procedures according to the FDA, the process can be both time consuming and expensive.
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Regulations and Approvals
The FDA does not regulate nutrition fact panels on a proactive basis, so you don't have to get its sign-off before printing your new label. The keyword here, however, is proactive. The FDA provides information on standards it sets forth. If it finds a business or individual is incorrectly or improperly reporting nutritional facts on their food labels, it will issue a recall of your product. You would then have to deal with a frustrating and expensive "Spot Check".
You can find information related to food labeling guidelines and compliance directly on the FDA website.
Consult an FDA Expert
If you're still uncertain. don't want to risk it, or are lacking the time to spend doing it yourself, think about hiring an FDA-approved label consultant. An FDA label consultant will ensure you're providing the most accurate information on your product labels.
Examples of Nutrition Label Consultants:
- Prime Label
- Food Label Consultants
- EAS Consulting Group, LLC
- Food Consulting Company
- Carter Regulatory Group
Generating a Nutrition Label
After you've received your information, use OnlineLabels' free nutrition label generator to design your nutrition label for your product packaging. Choose from three different layouts: vertical basic, vertical detailed, or horizontal. You can also toggle between the new 2016 label and the one that's been in place for the last 20 years. Then, it's as easy as entering in your product's nutrition facts and saving it to your computer or straight on OnlineLabels.com.
Printing your Product Label
When you're ready to print your nutrition facts, browse all of our nutrition label sizes to get started. Be sure to pick a weatherproof material if your food or drink will end up in a fridge or freezer!
You've created a delicious food or beverage product, don't let the nutrition label process stop you from sharing it with the world! When you're ready to hit print, make sure you're putting it on display with good quality labels that will make an impression. The packaging is your first chance to make an impression, so make it count. Shop food and drink label sizes or browse our Customer Ideas gallery to get going! While you're at it, check out our other label generator tools for business owners.