General Information and Resources

FDA logo Food Labeling and Nutrition

DHHS. FDA. Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition.

FDA's Food Labeling program develops policy and regulations for dietary supplements, nutrition labeling and food standards, infant formula and medical foods. Also conducts scientific evaluation to support such regulations and related policy development.


Spoonful of cereal and Nutrition Facts label Food Labeling and Nutrition

DHHS. FDA. Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition.

FDA's Food Labeling program develops policy and regulations for dietary supplements, nutrition labeling and food standards, infant formula and medical foods. Also conducts scientific evaluation to support such regulations and related policy development.


Food Label Helps Consumers Make Healthier Choices

DHHS. Food and Drug Administration.

Comparing items using the food label can help you to choose the best value for your health. Learn about the percent Daily Value, how to decipher confusing claims, and more. Also in PDF|950 KB.


Guide to Nutrition Labeling and Education Act Requirements

DHHS. Food and Drug Administration.

Provides assistance for reviewing food labels for compliance with new requirements for nutrition labeling and nutrient claims. August 1994.


Examination of Front-of-Package Nutrition Rating Systems and Symbols: Phase I Report (PDF | 314 KB)

Institute of Medicine.

A review of current labeling systems and examination of strengths and limitations of nutrition criteria.


The Food Label and You - Video

U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

An entertaining and educational tool to help consumers understand and use the Nutrition Facts Label to make informed food choices.


New Front-of-Package Labeling Initiative

U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Explains the FDA front-of-packaging initiative, providing current information and FOP materials.


Guidance for Industry: A Food Labeling Guide

DHHS. FDA. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

The FDA is responsible for assuring that foods sold in the United States are safe, wholesome and properly labeled. This guide addresses the most frequently raised food labeling questions using a question and answer format.


Guidance for Industry: Definition of "Antioxidant" for Use in Nutrient Content Claims

DHHS. FDA. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

This guidance document restates in plain language the definitions of "antioxidant," "high potency," and "sugar free" for use in nutrient content claims.


Claims That Can Be Made for Conventional Foods and Dietary Supplements

DHHS. FDA. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

Describes what health, nutrient content, and structure/function claims on labels are authorized by the FDA for foods and dietary supplements.


Guidance for Industry: Evidence-Based Review System for the Scientific Evaluation of Health Claims

DHHS. Food and Drug Administration.

Provides information on an FDA initiative and report concerning the improvement of food labeling.


Read Food Labels

DHHS. NIH. NHLBI. National Cholesterol Education Program.

Provides guidance for reading the nutrition information on the food label.


Spot the Block logo Spot the Block: Using the Nutrition Facts Label to Make Healthy Food Choices -- A Program for Tweens

DHHS. FDA. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

An FDA/Cartoon Network initiative offers simple, actionable information for tweens, encouraging them to seek out the Nutrition Facts on the food label, understand the information it provides, and use it for making healthful choices related to their own dietary management.


Labelling Information about Food Allergens

DHHS. FDA. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.


Nutrition Facts: An Interactive Guide to Food Labels

Mayo Clinic.

This interactive guide to the Nutrition Facts label helps you understand what you're eating so that you can make healthier choices.


What's on a Food Label? (PDF | 257 KB)

Kansas State University. Kansas State Cooperative Extension.

Educates consumers on various food labels such as ingredient lists, allergens, code dating, religious symbols, and open dating.


Trans Fat Now Listed With Saturated Fat and Cholesterol on the Nutrition Facts Label

DHHS. FDA. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

Describes the inclusion of trans fats into the food label, the different types of fats on the label and how to compare the fat in different food products. Also available in Spanish. January 2006.