U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


Food Labeling

A Glimpse at 'Gluten-Free' Food Labeling

Find out what gluten is, how FDA is working toward a clear and enforceable definition of 'gluten-free' on food labels, and if a gluten-free diet is for you.

Review Date: January 12, 2012

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Trans Fat Now Listed With Saturated Fat and Cholesterol on the Nutrition Facts Label

Consuming too much saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol increases your risk for coronary heart disease. Learn what trans fat is and how you can limit the amount of this fat in your diet.

Review Date: January 25, 2013

FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

Additives in Meat and Poultry Products

Additives are used for flavor and appeal, food preparation and processing, freshness, and safety. Learn if food additives are safe and how they are regulated.

Review Date: December 10, 2012

Food Safety and Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Food Allergies: What You Need to Know

Each year, millions of Americans have allergic reactions to food. Although most food allergies cause relatively mild and minor symptoms, some food allergies can cause severe reactions, and may even be life-threatening.

Review Date: April 11, 2012

FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

Free Range and Other Meat and Poultry Terms

"Free range," "natural" and "antibiotic-free" are among the common terms on meat, poultry and egg packages today. Do these terms guide your purchases either because of concerns about food quality or animal welfare? Find out the facts about these, and other, meat and poultry terms.

Review Date: January 14, 2013

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Have Food Allergies? Read the Label

Federal law requires that the labels of most packaged foods marketed in the U.S. disclose when they are made with a “major food allergen.” Manufacturers can change their products’ ingredients at any time, so it’s a good idea to check the ingredient list every time you buy the product.

Review Date: May 13, 2011

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Hot Topics in Health: National Consumers League

This page from the National Consumers League links to health resources, including research, publications, and press releases.

Review Date: November 06, 2012

National Consumers League

How to Read a Food Label: Tips for People with Chronic Kidney Disease- (PDF)

Learn how to read food labels to determine levels of sodium, potassium, phosphorous and ingredients that are of special concern for kidney patients who have dietary restrictions.

Review Date: February 04, 2013

NIH National Kidney Disease Education Program

Multi-Media Consumer Information - FDA

FDA offers information about food, drug, and product safety in many useful formats, including videos, photo slideshows, podcasts and audio.

Review Date: December 18, 2012

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Nutrition Facts Label

This document discusses how to read a food label. Information is provided on understanding the nutrition facts panel, including serving size, calories and calories from fat, % daily value, and more.

Review Date: November 06, 2012

Office on Women's Health

Reading Food Labels is Easy as 1-2-3

Can you tell which foods are heart healthy? Do you wonder how you can fit your favorite foods into your diet? By reading labels and looking at total grams of fat and saturated fat, and avoiding all trans-fat, you can enjoy your favorites.

Review Date: January 25, 2013

Women's Heart Foundation

The Food Label and You - NEW Video

FDA presents an entertaining and educational tool to help consumers understand and use the Nutrition Facts Label to make informed food choices.

Review Date: May 27, 2011

FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

Use the Nutrition Facts Label

Read how the Nutrition Facts label can help you choose foods lower in calories, fat, and added sugar to help maintain a healthy weight.

Review Date: February 01, 2012

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Information Center

What to Look For On Food Labels

Learn to read the food labels to help choose the right foods for your health.

Review Date: February 10, 2012

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Information Center

What's On Your Plate? Reading the Label

Get help understanding food labels – specifically for older adults.

Review Date: April 01, 2014

NIH National Institute on Aging