Most food packages in the US are required to carry a compliant Nutrition Facts label, which includes mandatory and possibly voluntary nutrition information. The nutrition analysis of food products can be tested in a laboratory or calculated through the use of databases; however it must be accurate and can be assessed for compliance by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). NHP Consulting can provide complete nutrition data on your food product through our licensed software.
The Nutrition Labeling and Education Act (NLEA), which amended the US Food, Drugs & Cosmetic Act, requires the label of most food packages to carry a Nutrition Facts label. Only mandatory or voluntary nutrients listed in FDA’s nutrition regulations are permitted in the Nutrition Facts label. The mandatory nutrients include Calories, Fat, Cholesterol, Sodium, Total Carbohydrate, Protein and Vitamins A and C, Calcium and Iron. In addition, voluntary nutrients must be included in a food’s Nutrition Facts label if the nutrients are added as a nutrient supplement to the food, if the label makes a nutrition claim about them, or if any advertising connects the nutrients to the food.
To establish the nutrient values, companies can use validated analytical methods by in-house or accredited laboratories or they can choose to use calculation methods through the use of databases or software. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not state how a company should determine the nutrient content of their products for labelling purposes; however, the company is responsible for the accuracy and the compliance of the information presented on their product labels, with the FDA responsible for assessing compliance of these values.
NHP Consulting can generate a complete nutrition analysis as well as a fully compliant US Nutrition Facts label for your food product to save on costly laboratory analysis and reduce the chance of calculation errors. This analysis pulls from a number of well-researched data sources to provide a robust nutrition database for greater accuracy.