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Four Things Your Dietary Supplement Labels Can’t Miss

August 16, 2016

When you work in the food or dietary supplement industry, it is important to market products that make your products look trustworthy, both to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and to your consumers.  As a buyer, how many times have you wanted to purchase a new supplement but felt hesitant because its health claims hadn’t been approved by the FDA? To avoid this conflict with your own products in the future, there are 4 important things that dietary supplements should display on all machine applied labels.

Consumers Want to Know Their Serving Size

We’re all hearing more and more about portion control and serving sizes these days, so knowing the serving size of each store-bought item is more important than ever. However, the serving size is a bit different when it comes to dietary supplements. It is usually one capsule, one tablet, or one scoop if it’s in powder form.

Make Sure Your Machine Applied Labels List All Ingredients

Many people have allergies to wheat, corn, dairy, or gluten, which is why it is important for companies to list each and every active and inactive ingredient on a product label. Even the smallest trace of milk or lactose could cause an allergic reaction in some people, so it’s very important to be honest about each ingredient used in the making of the product, including binders, fillers, colors, flavors, and sweeteners. Fillers, binders, or additives can be added to the very bottom of the label and may be listed under a section titled other ingredients.

According to FDA regulations, ingredients must be listed directly below the nutrition label and must be listed in descending order by weight. The ingredient that weighs the most should be at the top of the list. If water is used to make your product, it must also be listed.

Use Clearly Readable Fonts and Sizes

Your product label should be easy for everyone to read. The font size must be no smaller than 1/16 of an inch in height. According to the FDA, supplement labels should be written in an easy-to-read type style, and must be all black or one color type. Labels should only be printed on a white or a contrasting background to make it as easy as possible to read.

Make No Misleading Claims

False or misleading claims are not allowed on supplement labels. An example of a claim would be saying that the ingredients in your product are gentle on the stomach, bones, or another part of the body. All health claims must first be pre-approved by the FDA. However, statements of nutritional support may be allowed, but you must notify the FDA within the first 30 days of the product’s marketing. An example of nutritional support includes listing a claim that your product may help to reduce heart disease.

Machine printed labels are meant to make your job easier, but you must first make sure that your dietary supplements meet these four important FDA standards. 

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