UC Food Safety
University of California
UC Food Safety

Labeling Food Products


Most food labels are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Labels for meat and poultry products are regulated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).  The nutrition information required on the labels of FSIS-regulated products is nearly the same as that for FDA-regulated products. The two agencies have worked together to standardize nutrition labels.

Gluten-Free Labeling 

Other Labeling Issues

  • UPC Codes
    UPC or bar codes are almost mandatory for selling food products in larger retail stores.
  • FDA Labeling Regulations
    The FDA labeling regulations are found in Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations (21CFR) parts 100-102.
  • USDA Labeling and Additives Policy Division Website
    USDA/Food Safety and Inspection Service Labeling and Additives Policy Division (LAPD) develops policies on food labeling, food additives, and product identity standards for meats and products containing meats. This site provides information on procedures and policies, such as Food Standards, Validation Process for Animal Production Claims and the Labeling Policy Book.

Site Creation date 6/1/2009
Webmaster for site:  Zann Gates

Webmaster Email: zgates@ucdavis.edu