Ingredient labelsPosted on October 20th, 2016
Interested in quality ingredient labels and meet regulations that don’t compromise your branding, budget or schedule? First, it’s important to understand what’s required of you.
Understanding regulatory requirements
Listing ingredients is a legal requirement for many products, from foods to bath and beauty goods, cosmetics and more. The FDA has published detailed and thorough guides to their regulations for various product categories. You can see the FDA’s guide to ingredients on food labels here and the FDA’s guide to cosmetics label information here. Two common rules across product categories are:
- Product labels must show company name, address and phone number
- Ingredients must appear on an information panel in descending order of prominence
For food labels, ingredients must sit on the same label panel as the name and address of the manufacturer, packer or distributor — these items can be on either the information panel or the Principal Display Panel (PDP). Many food and beverage brands list ingredients immediately below the PDP. For certain smaller food products, you may place ingredients on a flap if you provide clear directions to consumers on how to access the information – e.g. “See ingredients below flap.”
Food and beverage producers should make sure to review the FDA’s new nutrition label rules and changes to the PDP. We’ve published a quick rundown of these new rules here.
Different options for ingredient labels
You can go about meeting FDA requirements in a number of ways. Depending on your product, you can place the ingredient list directly on your packaging or on a label that also includes your product branding.
The most common type of product label, and ingredient label, is a pressure-sensitive label, which applies onto your product with minimal pressure and doesn’t require glue. Other popular options include:
- Shrink sleeve labels
- Cut-and-stack labels
- Flexible packaging
- Rigid packaging
- And there are specialty labels for certain applications
- Extended content labels
- Booklet labels
We can also include graphics and underlays behind your text, as long as text is still easy to read. And you can bring your label to life with label embossing, premium foil stamping or other customizations — ingredient requirements don’t have to compromise your branding.
At Resource Label Group, we offer a versatile, complete range of label capabilities, including:
- Custom label design
- State-of-the-art pre-press services to turn any existing designs into reality
- Extensive library of die cuts and custom die cutting
- Printing in pressure-sensitive, shrink sleeve, cut-and-stack and flexible packaging formats
- Short runs with precise, premium quality digital printing or cost-effective large runs with flexographic printing
- Endless color combinations with the highest quality
- Extensive material choices – from traditional paper to premium film, foil and more
- And versatile finishes, customizations and textures
Value-added service with your ingredient labels
We have one of the most experienced teams in the label industry and have delivered compliant labels for thousands of brands. We’ll provide you consultative guidance through the entire process, helping you select the right ingredient and product label for your budget, brand and timeline. From state-of-the-art facilities throughout the U.S. and Canada, we offer the highest quality, rapid turnarounds and consistent order fulfillment.
For assistance selecting an ingredient label, call us at 1-800-253-9599 or contact us here.