Food Labels

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|1 MB.


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 as well as for scientific evaluation to support such regulations and related policy development.


MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: Food Labeling

DHHS. NIH. Library of Medicine.

Describes the purpose, recommendations, nutrient content claims, health claims, and product exceptions for food labels. Also in Spanish.


Make Your Calories Count mascot Make Your Calories Count: Use the Nutrition Facts Label for Healthy Weight Management

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

This interactive learning program helps consumers make healthy food choices while controlling calories. Also check out the "Nutrition Facts Label" (PDF|341 KB) brochure.


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.


How to Understand and Use the Nutrition Facts Label

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

Defines the terms found on food labels and describes how food labels can be used to guide healthy eating choices.


Nutrition Facts Label Programs and Materials

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

Education materials that make it easy to understand and use the Nutrition Facts Label.


Nutrition Facts Read the Label Read the Label Youth Outreach Campaign

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

An FDA campaign offering information for youth, encouraging them to seek out the Nutrition Facts on the food label, understand the information it provides, and use it for making healthful choices.


Reference Values for Nutrition Labeling

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

View reference values for nutrients used by the government in labeling food products with Percent Daily Values (DVs).


Claims That Can Be Made for Conventional Foods and Dietary Supplements

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

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


How is "Serving Size" on the Nutrition Label Determined?

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

Q & A from an FDA Backgrounder on how serving sizes are established for food labels.


Questions and Answers about Trans Fat Nutrition Labeling

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

Defines trans fats, what foods contain them, and explains FDA regulations on trans fat listing on Nutrition Facts Panels.


Food Labeling - Food Product Dating

USDA. Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Find information on food product dating.


USDA Organic Seal National Organic Program - Labeling and Marketing Information

USDA. AMS. National Organic Program.

Provides information on labeling requirements for organic foods.


Organic Labeling and Marketing Information (PDF | 25 KB)

USDA. AMS. National Organic Program.

Provides answers to commonly asked questions related to organic food and organic food labeling.


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 in Spanish.


Information for Consumers: Food Allergen Labeling And Consumer Protection Act of 2004 - Questions and Answers

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

Explains the law which requires foods to state when they contain certain major food allergens. Read the full text of the Law (Public Law 108-282).


Calcium: Foolin' Around With Food Labels

DHHS. Office on Women's Health.

Information for tween and teen girls on how to use food labels to make sure they are getting enough calcium each day.


Read It Before You Eat It! (PDF | 166 KB)

USDA. FNS. Team Nutrition.

Provides a quick lesson on how to read a nutrition facts label.


Read Food Labels

DHHS. NIH. NHLBI. National Cholesterol Education Program.

Provides guidance for reading the nutrition information on the food label as well as the ingredient lists.


A Grain of Truth About Fiber Intake

USDA. Agricultural Research Service.

Provides information on labeling terms to look for when purchasing whole grain products.