Labeling & Nutrition

These FDA Food Labeling web pages address the labeling requirements for foods under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and its amendments. Food labeling is required for most prepared foods, such as breads, cereals, canned and frozen foods, snacks, desserts, drinks, etc. Nutrition labeling for raw produce (fruits and vegetables) and fish is voluntary. We refer to these products as "conventional" foods. For detailed information on dietary supplements, a special category of products that comes under the general umbrella of foods, but which has separate labeling requirements, see "Dietary Supplements."* 

* Terms such as "functional foods" or "nutraceuticals" are widely used in the marketplace. Such foods are regulated by FDA under the authority of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, even though they are not specifically defined by law. 

What's New

"Natural" on Food Labeling
The FDA requests comments on use of the term “natural” on food labeling.

Supplemental Proposed Rule for Updating the Nutrition Facts Label
FDA issues a supplemental proposed rule that would, among other things: (1) require declaration of the percent daily value (%DV) for added sugars; and (2) change the current footnote on the Nutrition Facts label.

Statement on Extension of Menu Labeling Compliance Date
July 9, 2015
FDA appreciates and takes very seriously the extensive input it has received from stakeholders throughout the process of establishing requirements for menu labeling in restaurants and other retail food establishments.

For Industry: Update on Certain Proposed Rules, Draft Guidance and Petitions Related to Food Product Labeling
December 24, 2014
Recently, the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition received several inquiries regarding the status of certain proposed rules, draft guidance, and petitions related to food product labeling. This update responds to those questions.

Page Last Updated: 11/10/2015
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