Due to different government regulations, label printing requirements for any custom label varies from product to product. Labels of every industry must adhere to certain rules that have been designed to provide customers with comprehensive information about a product in a precise and clear manner. The same rule also applies to cottage food product labels. Labelling for cottage food products has its own compliances and needs be done according to specific state and federal labelling regulations. They must have the following information.
Common or Descriptive Name of the Product
A label has two parts – the principal display panel and the information display panel. The principal display pane is the part of the label we see first – it is always at the front. It has the name of the product and its net quantity. Cottage food product label designing must first reflect its common or descriptive name on the primary display panel.
Name, City and Zip Code of the Company
The label must contain the name, city, and zip code of the company that produce the cottage food product. It must include the street address of the CFO operations, in a situation when it is not mentioned in the current telephone directory.
Made or Repackaged in a Home Kitchen
The principal display must show words such as “Made in a Home Kitchen” or “Repackaged in a Home Kitchen” depending on the product. This should be visible on the primary display panel in 12-point font.
Permit of Registration Number of CFO
The label must have the permit or registration number of the CFO that produced the cottage food product. In addition, the name of the county of the local enforcement agency that issued the permit number, needs to be included as well.
List of Ingredients
Every cottage-food-product must contain a list of ingredients. This needs to be printed in a manner that the greatest quantity comes first and smallest quantity last.
It is important to note that several food labels are made of adhesive, labels, inks, paper or packaging material.
The label must show the net quantity (weight, count or volume) in both the pound and metric (grams) units.
Name of Allergens, if Any
The label of the product should mention if the product has any major allergens such as fish, milk, egg, shellfish, wheat, tree nuts, soybeans and more. This should be mentioned either in a separate summary or within the ingredient list.
Mention of Health Claim, if Any
A health claim -a message that establishes the relationship between a food component and a disease- if used, must comply with requirements mentioned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Nutrition Facts, if Required
Generally, CFOs are not required to display the nutrition facts. In cases, however, where the CFO makes a health claim, it must include a section of Nutrition Facts in the label.
It is important to note that several food labels are made of adhesive, labels, inks, paper or packaging material that may be harmful if exposed to food. Therefore, food labels are required to be food-grade, which means they should be safe with food contact and must not contaminate the food when in contact with it.
Production of labels for cottage food products attributes to a number of factors, including specific state and federal labelling regulations. A professional label printing company complies with these rules and includes every iota of information that is mandatory.