Let’s face it, when it comes to food packaging, not only is there strict competition to set your product apart on the shelf but there are also FDA guidelines that must be met. Don’t worry about the details, ImageTek Digital has the ‘know how’ to produce crisp, clean images on durable materials that will meet FDA compliance standards. It is important to choose a material that will resist fading or smudging, survive extreme moisture and varying liquids as well as freezer temperatures and exposure to hot surfaces.
Specialty Food Label Materials
|LMA3006||3.2 Mil TTR semi gloss white paper||Emulsion Acrylic|
|LMA3007||2.85 Mil TTR matte white paper||All Temp. Acrylic|
|LML7001||2.0 Mil TTR Clear gloss printable BOPP||Permanent PSA|
|LML7008||1.0 mil TTR Clear printable Polyester||Permanent PSA|
|LMR4006||3.0 Mil TTR white BOPP||Dual Coated All temp. PSA|
|LMR4007||3.0 Mil TTR matte white BOPP||Aggressive all temp. PSA|
|LMR4008||2.3 Mil TTR gloss white BOPP||Removeable Emulsion Acrylic|
|LMR4016||2.3 MIL TTR white gloss BOPP||Acrylic adhesive|
|LME3000||3.2 Mil Cream Estate Finish Paper||Cold Temp. Acrylic|
|LME3001||3.3 Mil Bright White Estate Finish Paper||All Temp. Emulsion Acrylic|
|LME3002||3.2 Mil Elegant White Estate Finish Paper||Cold Temp. Emulsion Acrylic|
Food Packaging not only has to grab the consumers attention and create awareness but also has to provide the information to your customer about your products ingredients and nutrition. Below is an overview of Nutrition Label Standards as directed by the FDA. For more questions please visit http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/GuidanceDocuments/
Standards for Nutrition Labeling
The packaging of a food item without proper nutritional information is illegal. Compromising the integrity and validity of your product is not an option. The FDA does not however, test every product on the shelf. They do require that a detailed description of the contents of your food be labeled with detailed information as to the ingredients and nutritional value.
The Food & Drug Administration suggests you test each component of the food your packaging for its nutritional value and they recommend only one testing facility, which is AOAC. Other chemical analysis companies are available as well and these companies can guide you in the logistics of testing and conforming to FDA standards.
Common Food Labeling Questions
What information does my nutritional label need to have?
- Food Ingredients
- Chloric Value
- Serving Size
- Any of the *top eight food allergen ingredients listed in the FALC ACT of 2004
What kind of testing is recommended?
Various testing techniques are used in food label and packaging requirements but among the most common are:
- ICP-MS – Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry
- GC- High Performance Liquid chromatography
- GC – Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry
What are PDP and alternate PDP?
PDP is the portion of the label that is most visible to the consumer. Most label packaging has one or more labels that are as visible but not the primary label; those are considered alternate PDP’s.
Font and Size
- The Nutrition Facts label uses 6 point or larger Helvetica Black and/or Helvetica Regular type. In order to fit some formats, the typography may be kerned as much as -4. Any tighter kerning will reduce legibility.
- Key nutrients and their percentage of Daily Value are set in 8 point Helvetica Black (but “%” is set in Helvetica Regular).
- Nutrition Facts is set in either Franklin Gothic Heavy or Helvetica Black to fit the width of the label flush left and flush right.
- Serving Size and Servings per container are set in 8 point Helvetica Regular with 1 point of leading.
- The table labels (for example, “Amount per Serving”) are set in 6 point Helvetica Black.
- Absolute measures of nutrient content (for example, “1g”) and nutrient subgroups are set in 8 point Helvetica Regular with 4 points of leading.
- Vitamins and minerals are set in 8 point Helvetica Regular, with 4 points of leading, separated by 10 point bullets.
All type that appears under vitamins and minerals is set in 6 point Helvetica Regular with 1 point of leading.
What if I don’t have the space for all the information on my label?
Packages with less than 40 square inches available of space may use a side by side format. In this format nay information following the vitamins and mineral information may be moved to the right column and separated by a line.
No matter what I do I cannot get all the required information on my food label, what do I do?
The FDA does permit alternative compliance exemptions that must be first requested in writing. The letter must
- Request an exemption under provision 21 CFR 101.9 (g) (9)
- List the specific products that you are requesting an exemption for.
- State the reason you are asking for an exemption.
- State the proposed solution to meet the standard.
Liability and Exemption
Any company who sells $51,000 worth of food and who has total gross sales of over $490,000 both food and non-food related sales annually, does not need to have nutrition label. The company is exempt assuming no claims are made. Under mandates put forth by the NLEA any company whose total gross sales of over $500,000 or $50,000 in food only related sales is not required to have a food nutrition label.
Any packaged food with less than 12” square inches of packaging diameter may print a contact phone number or address to obtain the nutritional information. This exception is permitted only if there are no nutrient content claims or other nutrition information on the package for advertising purposes.
** Non FDA compliance may result in civil sanctions, criminal complaints or both. It is important to make sure your label complies with FALCPA regulations to avoid potential impacts of improper labeling.