As of August 18, 1994 for food products, and March 23, 1999 for herbal supplements, non-exempt companies have been required to comply with the FDA nutritional label requirements outlined by the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act (NLEA). The FDA amended its food labeling laws to include the requirement of nutrition and ingredient labeling according to the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994.
For many years now, Northland Laboratories has been a leader in nutrition labeling services, from consultation to analysis.
We have been recognized for our precision in nutrition label testing and have the capacity to handle large volumes of requests while keeping response times shorter than the industry average. Our extensive chemical laboratory handles all aspects and components of the nutrition facts label for all types of food products.
Nutrition Labeling for Restaurants and Similar Retail Food Establishments (SRFEs)
On March 23, 2010 the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was passed into law, with Section 4205 of the Act amending certain nutrition labeling provisions of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The section stipulates that restaurants and similar retail food establishments with 20 or more locations doing business under the same name or offering for sale substantially the same menu items must provide nutrition information for standard menu items. This act also includes people or businesses that own twenty or more vending machines.
The law requires that restaurants and similar retail food establishments must:
- Label calories on menus and menu boards for their standard menu items.
- Provide a statement of suggested caloric intake on menus and menu boards.
- Disclose calorie content for food on display and self-service food (including salad bars, buffets and self-service food or beverage lines).
- Provide written nutrition information upon request by the consumer including:
Total Calories, Total Calories (derived from fat), Total fat, Saturated fat, Trans fat, Cholesterol, Sodium, Total carbohydrates, Dietary fiber, Sugars, Protein.
- Provide a statement that nutrition information is available upon request.
In order to have consistency among state and local laws, this federal law preempts state and local laws.
In order to qualify, the primary business activity of the establishment must be a restaurant, or more than 50% of the gross floor area of the establishment is used for preparation, purchase service consumption or storage of food.
Northland Laboratories has nearly 20 years’ experience working with Nutrition Facts data, starting with regulations set in the beginning by the Nutrition Labeling Education Act of 1994. Since then, Northland Laboratories has been a leader in the industry by providing accurate, confidential and comprehensive Nutrition Facts analysis for the food and restaurant industries.
Contact Northland Laboratories today to obtain information on Nutrition Labeling services for compliance with Section 4205 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.