Nutrition Labeling Information
Collection of nutrition label information and guidance material.
Title 9 Code of Federal Regulations Regarding Nutrition Labeling
Access federal regulations regarding nutrition labeling citations 317.300 - 317.400.
Nutrition Labeling of Single-Ingredient Products and Ground or Chopped Meat and Poultry Products
FSIS Final Rule to amend the Federal meat and poultry products inspection regulations to require nutrition labeling of the major cuts of single-ingredient, raw meat and poultry products, unless an exemption applies.
- askFSISabout the Nutrition Labeling Rule
- Nutrition Information Charts (Updated Sep 27, 2011)
In order to assist retail stores that sell meat and poultry products to post point-of-purchase nutrition information, FSIS has created downloadable charts for printing. These charts show nutrition information for the major cuts of meat and poultry. Retail stores are welcome to download, print, display and/or distribute them to consumers in close proximity to the relevant foods in the stores. The list of food items with nutrition information reflects the updates published in the Federal Register of December 29, 2010.
- Chicken & Turkey | Poster (30" x 38.5"; 5.22MB; PDF Only)
- Pork & Lamb | Poster (30" x 38.5"; 5.39MB; PDF Only)
- Beef & Veal | Poster (30" x 38.5"; 5.39MB; PDF Only)
- Nutrition Facts Panel - Examples (Sep 27, 2011; PDF Only)
FSIS provides examples of "simplified format" and "tabular formats" for nutrition facts panel.
- Nutrition Labeling - Questions and Answers (Updated Apr 13, 2012; PDF Only)
- Food Marketing Institute (FMI)
- USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference
Food Labeling: Nutrient Content Claims, Definition of the Term: "Healthy"
FSIS final rule announcing that its regulations will continue to provide that individual meat and poultry products bearing the claim ``healthy'' (or any other derivative of the term ``health'') must contain no more than 480 milligrams (mg) of sodium; and that meal-type products bearing the claim ``healthy'' (or any other derivative of the term ``health'') must contain no more than 600 mg of sodium.
Food Standards: Requirements for Substitute Standardized Meat and Poultry Products Named by Use of an Expressed Nutrient Content Claim and a Standardized Term
Final rule amending the Federal meat and poultry products inspection regulations to establish a general definition and standard of identity for standardized meat and poultry products that have been modified to qualify for use of an expressed nutrient content claim in their product names.
Guidance on the Labeling of Omega Fatty Acid Claims on Meat, Poultry and Egg Products
The purpose of this compliance guideline is to help industry determine which statements are permitted on the labeling of their products and the criteria for their use.
Nutrition Labeling - FSIS Regulated Foods
PowerPoint presentation on the essential requirements for nutrition labeling on meat, poultry, and egg products.
Nutrition Labeling: Nutrient Content Claims on Multi-Serve, Meal-Type Meat and Poultry Products
Final rule amending the nutrition labeling regulations to change the definition of "meal-type" products to allow for nutrient content claims on multiple-serve food containers, to adopt the definition of "main dish" used by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and to define how meal-type products and main dishes should be nutrition labeled.
Guideline on Whole Grain Statements on the Labeling of Meat and Poultry Products
This guideline is designed to help establishments determine: whether a whole grain statement can be made or not; the types of statements that may be made; and the supporting documentation needed for each type of statement.
- Guidance for Industry and FDA Staff: Whole Grain Label Statements (Feb 17, 2006; PDF Only)
Draft guidance document issued by the Food and Drug Administration intended to provide guidance to industry about what the agency considers to be "whole grain" and to assist manufacturers in labeling their products.
Trans Fat Now Listed With Saturated Fat and Cholesterol on the Nutrition Facts Label
The Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition provides information to consumers on the final FDA trans fat labeling rule.
- Trans Fat Declarations in the Nutrition Facts Panel on Product Labeling | PDF
FSIS statement of interim policy on trans fatty acids in Nutrition Facts panels on product labeling.
Carbohydrates & Trans Fats
FSIS Statement of Interim Policy on Carbohydrate Labeling Statements
[This is an interim policy statement and may be withdrawn or modified if information is received by FSIS that shows that significant consumer confusion exists because of the use of various carbohydrate statements.]
There are an increasing number of carbohydrate-restricted dietary and lifestyle plans available to consumers today. Most of the plans focus on limiting total carbohydrates and certain types of carbohydrates, e.g., simple sugars. Manufacturers of meat and poultry products have expressed growing interest in making carbohydrate-related claims and statements on the labeling of meat and poultry products to meet consumers needs in making food choices that are consistent with these dietary approaches. To-date, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has permitted factual statements of the number of grams of total carbohydrates per serving to be included (outside of the Nutrition Facts panel) on the labeling of meat and poultry products. However, the nutrition labeling regulations in Title 9, Code of Federal Regulations (9 CFR), Subpart B, Section 317.300 317.400, for meat products, and Subpart Y, Sections 381.400 381.500, for poultry products, clearly state that claims that, expressly or by implication, characterize the level of a nutrient, may not be made on the labeling of a meat or poultry product unless the claim is made in accordance with the nutrition labeling regulations. Because there are no existing regulations permitting the use of carbohydrate claims on foods governed by the FSIS, labeling of meat and poultry products bearing expressed carbohydrate claims, including, but not limited to, Low Carbohydrate,Lower Carbohydrate, and Carb Free, cannot be approved. Likewise, labeling for meat and poultry products that bears claims that imply that the level of carbohydrates in a product are low or place significance on a specific level of carbohydrates, including, but not limited to, Only X grams Carbs, Under X grams of Carbohydrates, and Just X grams Carbs,cannot be approved. Similarly, trademarked uses of such phrases on labeling cannot be approved with the exception of the use of a company name in the signature line of a product label, provided that the signature line is normally placed and without undue prominence thus causing the use of the company name to become false or misleading.
After current further evaluation of labeling requests, the Agency has concluded that there are certain statements about carbohydrates, other than factual statements about the actual amount of carbohydrates, that may be applied to the labeling of meat and poultry products to which FSIS has no objection and that do not conflict with FSIS regulations. Statements that the Agency will not object to on any panel of the labeling of meat and poultry products include statements that do not expressly state or imply a specific level of carbohydrates, e.g., Carb Conscious and Carb Wise. FSIS will also not object to the use of carbohydrate content calculations on the labeling of meat and poultry products provided they are adequately explained on labeling for the consumer. It will also not object to terms such as Net Carbs, Effective Carbs, and Net Impact Carbs when used in a manner that is truthful and not misleading. Because there are no regulatory definitions for these terms, they must be accompanied by specific information informing the consumer of the meaning of the use of such terms on labeling and providing the calculation necessary to determine the number of carbohydrates included by the term. Furthermore, terms such as Low Carbohydrate may be used in ad copy on labeling in conjunction with terms used to describe a diet or lifestyle (not a particular food or product), provided they are used in a manner that is truthful and not misleading.
Consistent with the Agency's regulations about generic label approval, all labels bearing special statements, such as those described above, must be sent to the Agency's Labeling and Consumer Protection Staff for evaluation and approval before use.
Date of Publication: 12/22/03
USDA, FSIS is planning rulemaking on trans fat label declarations to consider provisions in the meat and poultry regulations that are consistent with FDA’s rules. In the interim, FSIS will not object to the voluntary declaration of trans fatty acids in Nutrition Facts panels on labeling of food products under its jurisdiction if the declaration is made in accordance with FDA regulations published in the Federal Register on July 11, 2003, that amend 21 CFR Part 101. Companies that wish to include a trans fat declaration will need to submit at least one label sketch that includes the trans fatty acid declaration in the Nutrition Facts panel to the Labeling and Consumer Protection Staff (LCPS). Subsequent labels that include trans fatty acid declarations can be generically approved in concert with the Agency’s regulations on generically approved labeling (9 CFR 317.5 and 381.133). There are no FDA provisions for claims regarding trans fatty acids. Thus, any labeling that includes a statement regarding trans fatty acids that is outside of and in addition to the Nutrition Facts panel declaration would need to be submitted to LCPS for evaluation.
This allowance is in concert with previous determinations to permit the voluntary labeling of nutrients in Nutrition Facts for which FSIS has not codified RDI’s, but that are codified in Title 21 of the FDA regulations. Nutrients that may be included in the Nutrition Facts panel include Vitamin K, Selenium, Manganese, Chromium, Molybdenum and Chloride. Labels with such nutrient declarations and claims must be evaluated by the Agency before the products bearing labeling with such information may be marketed.
Further information about labeling may be obtained from the Labeling and Program Delivery Staff, at (301) 504-0879 and from the Agency’s labeling policy web page.
- Trans Fat Declarations in the Nutrition Facts Panel on Product Labeling
FSIS statement of interim policy on trans fatty acids in Nutrition Facts panels on product labeling.