When people buy food or beverages, they want to know what’s in them. Food allergies can be deadly, so it’s critical that those who have these allergies be able to avoid items that will trigger them. Choices in food and beverages can also affect someone’s health in other ways, based on factors such as sugar or salt content, so customers need to be able to access this information, too. Here at LPS Labels, we have extensive experience working with food & beverage labels, and we are here to give you some key information that you need to know about what to include on yours.
- Brand Name – Your food & beverage labels need to include the product’s brand name to distinguish your product from similar items on the market.
- Address of Manufacturer/Producer/Bottler/Packager – Food & beverage labels also need to include the address of the manufacturer, producer, etc. This ensures that in the event of contamination, health officials will be able to identify the source of the problem.
- Ingredients – Your labels also need to include a list of ingredients given in descending order by weight. In other words, the ingredient used in the largest quantity goes first, then the next largest, and so on. In addition to standard ingredients, your labels should also disclose any coloring, flavoring, or preservative agents.
- Allergens – Another key item that your food & beverage labels must include is a warning for common allergens. The FDA mandates that a warning be included for milk, egg, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, wheat, peanuts, and soybeans.