U.S. Nutrition Facts Labels

Food Labeling Guide

United States Nutrition Facts Label Module Formats

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2016 FDA Nutrition Facts Label Formats

As of July 26, 2016, the new FDA Nutrition Facts Labels may now be used on packaged products.

U.S. Standard Nutrition Facts Label

This is the most common label format for package sizes with more than 40 square inches. This format is recommended unless there isn’t enough continuous vertical space to do so. If there is not enough space, you may use the side-by-side (split) format and place the footnote to the right of the label. However, with the new 2016 FDA Nutrition Facts Label Changes, you may need to use a Dual Column Label more frequently.

U.S. Tabular Nutrition Facts Label

If the package does not have enough continuous vertical space or the total available space is less than 40 square inches, you may use the tabular (horizontal) format instead.

U.S. Linear Nutrition Facts Label

If the available labeling space is 40 square inches or less, and the shape cannot accommodate the “side-by-side” or tabular formats, you may use the linear format.

U.S. Aggregate Nutrition Facts Label

An Aggregate Label may be used on the outer label of packages that contain two or more separately packaged foods that are intended to be eaten individually or on packages that are used interchangeably for the same type of food such as a variety pack of breakfast cereals. Information for each item is listed in a separate column.

U.S. Dual Column

The Dual Column (formerly Dual Declaration) Label is used when the food requires further preparation, such as dry cake mixes, cereal or dry pasta products. One column lists information for the product as packaged and one column for the product as prepared or, in the case of cereal, as commonly eaten. If it is likely that some people might consume the contents of the whole package in one sitting, such as a pint of ice cream, then a dual column label is required. The dual column label will show nutrition facts for one serving, as well as for the entire package.

U.S. Dual Column for Multiple Serving Sizes

A dual column is required when a package contains 200 to 300 percent of the RACC. A dual column is optional when the package contains more than 150 percent to less than 200 percent of the RACC. The dual column label will show nutrition facts for one serving as well as the entire package.

U.S. Child Nutrition Facts Label

Use the Child Nutrition Label format for foods intended for children. Child labels include infant, under the age of 2, and under the age of 4.

U.S. Pregnant and Lactating

1990 FDA Nutrition Facts Label Formats

The new FDA Nutrition Facts Labels are now available to use on packaged products the pre-existing labels will be obsolete by Jan. 1, 2021.

U.S. Standard Nutrition Facts Label

This is the most common label format and is required for package sizes with more than 40 square inches. This format is recommended unless there isn’t enough continuous vertical space to do so. If there is not enough space, you may use the side-by-side (split) format and place the footnote to the right of the label.

U.S. Tabular Nutrition Facts Label

If the package does not have enough continuous vertical space or the total available space is less than 40 square inches, you may use the tabular (horizontal) format instead.

U.S. Linear Nutrition Facts Label

If the available labeling space is 40 square inches or less, and the shape cannot accommodate the “side-by-side” or tabular formats, you may use the linear format.

U.S. Aggregate Nutrition Facts Label

An Aggregate Label may be used on the outer label of packages that contain two or more separately packaged foods that are intended to be eaten individually or on packages that are used interchangeably for the same type of food such as a variety pack of breakfast cereals. Information for each item is listed in a separate column.

U.S. Dual Column

The Dual Column (formerly Dual Declaration) Label is used when the food requires further preparation, such as dry cake mixes, cereal or dry pasta products. One column lists information for the product as packaged and one column for the product as prepared or, in the case of cereal, as commonly eaten. If it is likely that some people might consume the contents of the whole package in one sitting, such as a pint of ice cream, then a dual column label is required. The dual column label will show nutrition facts for one serving, as well as for the entire package.

U.S. Dual Column for Multiple Serving Sizes

A dual column is required when a package contains 200 to 300 percent of the RACC. A dual column is optional when the package contains more than 150 percent to less than 200 percent of the RACC. The dual column label will show nutrition facts for one serving as well as the entire package.

U.S. Child Nutrition Facts Label

Use the Child Nutrition Label format for foods intended for children. Child labels include infant, under the age of 2, and under the age of 4.

U.S. Pregnant and Lactating