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Food and Label Compliance

NSF’s food and label compliance services provide guidance through the maze of Canadian and U.S. food regulations.
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NSF technical experts produce full label reviews for food and dietary supplements, label-ready Nutrition Facts based on nutrition profiles by database calculation or external laboratory analysis, content for food labels, advice on nutrient content claims and health claims, and ongoing regulatory assistance for food regulations.

Product Label Compliance

NSF International has the expertise to ensure your food or dietary supplement product label is compliant with the regulations of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Our service offerings include:

  • Full label reviews to ensure compliance with food regulations
  • Label-ready Nutrition Facts label based on nutrition profiles by database calculation or external laboratory analysis
  • Content for your food label (statement of identity, Nutrition Facts label, ingredient list, allergen declaration, etc.)
  • Advice on nutrient content claims and health claims
  • Full label review for dietary supplements including compliant claims and generation of Supplement Facts tables
  • Ongoing regulatory assistance for food regulations

Nutrition Facts Label Compliance

In 2016, the Food and Drug Administration announced major changes to food and dietary supplement labeling for the first time in over 20 years. The changes to the nutrition labeling regulations were significant, and every U.S. packaged product needed to be updated. The date for compliance was January 1, 2020, with an extra year for companies with less than $10 million in sales to comply.

NSF has experienced staff who can help you acquire the necessary information from your suppliers, design a new Nutrition Facts label that conforms to the new regulations and conduct a full label review to ensure all other aspects of your label are compliant.

Menu and Vending Machine Nutrition Labeling Compliance

NSF International has the expertise to provide nutrition labeling information for use on menus or for food sold from vending machines. We create a concise, easy-to-read document that includes all the necessary information for foodservice companies to meet regulations and assist consumers to make informed dining decisions.

We generate caloric and nutrient values based on recipes, serving size, preparation considerations and ingredient supplier specifications sheets.

This labeling is especially important as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finalized two rules to provide the consumer with more nutritional information about the foods they eat outside of the home.

Menu Labeling

The menu labeling rule went into effect May 7, 2017 and applies to restaurants and similar retail food establishments (including movie theaters and amusement parks) if part of a chain of 20 or more locations. The rule requires clearly and conspicuously displaying calorie information for standard items on menus and menu boards. It also requires providing, upon consumer request, written nutritional information about total calories, total fat, calories from fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, sodium, total carbohydrates, fiber, sugars and protein.

Vending Machines

The rule for vending machine labeling requires operators who own or operate 20 or more vending machines to disclose calorie information for food sold from the machines (some exceptions apply). The deadline for compliance was December 1, 2016, with an extension to July 26, 2018 for certain food products sold from glass-front vending machines.

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