Quick Question Monday: What Goes on a Food Label?

The Necessary Requirements

To be appropriate for FDA standards, food must be properly labeled on the shelves of the food store. Proper labeling is required for most prepared food, while foods such as raw fruits and vegetables do not require labeling. The FDA requires that the label must be split into three separate sections; the principle display panel, information panel, and nutrition label.

Let do a little Q & A…

What is a Principle Display Panel?

The Principle Display Panel, or PDP is where all of the required label statements are placed. This section of the label must contain the statement of identity and the net quantity statement of how much of the product is in the container. Since most containers are designed with two or more surfaces that are suitable for display as the PDP, the alternate surfaces are called alternate PDPS.

What is the information Panel?

The information panel contains the list of ingredients and the food allergens that are in the product. The ingredient content is determined by how much of the ingredient is used in the product, which is listed in descending order. Food allergens must be listed on the information panel such as; milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, wheat, peanuts and soybeans.

What goes on the Nutrition Label?

The nutrition label is broken down into twelve different categories, as the product is broken down as well; total calories, calories from fat, total fat, trans fat, polyunsaturated fat, monounsaturated fat, cholesterol, sodium, potassium, total carbohydrate, dietary fiber soluble and insoluble, sugars and sugar alcohols.

What else is necessary?

The food label also must include the name and address of the manufacturer, packer, and distributor. As well as, the street address of the firm name and address, city, state, and zip code. Everything from the size of the label, to the material of the package must be regulated for the label - if you are unsure about FDA regulated food labels, you should take a look on the FDA website.

It is also important to understand that nutrition labels differ from product to product; a food product does not have the same label requirements as a juice product. As a packaging distributor, we offer a wide variety of glass and plastic food jars that can help package your food items, click here to browse our glass jar catalog and click here for our plastic jar catalog.

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