FDA Labeling Guidelines That Impact 3 Industries

cosmetics in a package being shipped with FDA labeling

FDA labeling is one of the most important aspects businesses must account for in their packaging. This is especially true for those in the medical, food, and cosmetic industries, as it provides much-needed information to the consumer. The FDA has created a guideline for these industries to protect the consumer and make businesses more transparent. 

How FDA Labeling Affects Food Packaging

In 2016, the FDA released a new set of requirements for nutrition and ingredient labeling for food products. This involves changing the font size that describes the number of servings per container and the product’s calories. Additionally, they added a new line under “total carbohydrates,” indicating how many grams of sugar are added sugars.

FDA Labeling for Medical Device Packaging

The FDA develops and administers regulations that apply to medical products to ensure the packaging protects its contents. It’s widely known medical devices are developed under strenuous quality controls, but their packaging is subjected to strict controls as well. 

The FDA has set rigorous standards for the sterility of medical devices, such as thorough testing, routine expectations, and adopting unique device identification (UDI). Sterilization is key, and if you’re selling medical devices you need to follow FDA guidelines.

Labeling for Cosmetic Products

When it comes to cosmetic packaging, you must follow specific FDA labeling guidelines. The FDA “prohibits the marketing of cosmetics that are adulterated or misbranded as well as their adulteration or misbranding while in interstate commerce.”

A cosmetic is misbranded if:

  • Labeling is false or misleading
  • The label does not state
    • the name and address of the manufacturer, packer, or distributor
    • the net quantity of contents
  • The required information is not stated prominently, with conspicuousness and in terms that it is read and understood by consumers
  • The container or its fill is misleading

Pioneer Packaging Can Assist You With Proper FDA Labeling

For over 35 years, Pioneer Packaging has been engineering innovative solutions for clients across a variety of industries. We’ve assisted in packaging designs for those in the food and medical industry to automotive and cosmetics. Our team of professionals is even capable of providing sustainable packaging solutions that meet FDA requirements. Contact us today to get started!

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