- 07 Aug
Claims: FDA, USDA, and or Third Party Certification?
Claims sell products but often have very strict rules and costly restrictions. Some claims are under the FDA and USDA definition and may require a certification. Other claims may not be well-defined yet. Below is a table to point you in the right direction and get aid in your research. Click on the table for more information on each claim.
Gluten Free FDA GMO Third Party Kosher Third Party Organic USDA Vegan Third Party Natural USDA Healthy FDA Whole Grain Third Party Animal Raising USDA
A cautionary tale: Be careful of using claims that are not fully defined by either the FDA or USDA, or do not have a third party certification to corroborate the claim. In the case of claims such as Natural, Healthy, Wholesome, Authentic, etc. a plethora of litigation law firms target companies that use these types of claims. I recommend reaching out to a food law lawyer to review your label and claims first. Feel free to contact us for a referral.
The FDA Mantra is to be truthful and not misleading:
The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act—which provides authority for FDA’s consumer-protection work—requires that labels on packaged food products in interstate commerce not be false or misleading in any way.