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.
- A Guide to Federal Food Labeling Requirements for Meat, Poultry, and Egg Products (USDA-FSIS, 2007) (PDF 516 KB)
- Close up on Food Labels - Information for California Food Processors (CA Dept. of Health, Food and Drug Branch, 2013) (PDF 653 KB) This publication explains general food label requirements.
- FSIS Compliance Guidelines: Allergens and Ingredients of Public Health Concern: Identification, Prevention and Control, and Declaration through Labeling (USDA-FSIS) (PDF 913 KB)
- 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.
- USDA Nutrient Data Laboratory The USDA Agricultural Research Service maintains a database of nutritional information on a wide variety of food products available in the U.S. This database is used in many nutritional labeling programs. It can be downloaded into programs or searches can be made on line.