Foods That Are Exempt from Federal Nutrition Labeling

Question: Are there any foods that are exempt from federal nutrition labeling requirements?

Yes, under the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 1990, these foods are exempt from nutrition labeling:

  • food served for immediate consumption, such as that served in hospital cafeterias and airplanes, and that sold by food service vendors (such as mall cookie counters, sidewalk vendors and vending machines);
  • ready-to-eat food that is not for immediate consumption but is prepared primarily on site (such as bakery, deli and candy store items);
  • food shipped in bulk, as long as it is not for sale in that form to consumers;
  • medical foods, such as those used to address the nutritional needs of patients with certain diseases;
  • plain coffee and tea, some spices, and other foods that contain no significant amounts of any nutrients.

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SOURCE: US Food and Drug Administration (www.fda.gov)


Last Editorial Review: 8/8/2006