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#1 rgiuliano137

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Posted 28 January 2021 - 01:38 PM

Ok this is new to us, we are beginning to package random weight 6-8oz blocks of cheese, what information needs to be on a label? we are using a bizerba label machine. Thank you



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Posted 28 January 2021 - 01:46 PM

how is it being sold....by the ounce?


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Posted 28 January 2021 - 01:48 PM

it is a 6 ounce random weight block of cheese, sold in or will be sold in grocery stores



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Posted 28 January 2021 - 01:49 PM

so a fixed price per piece?

 

This part is important


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Posted 28 January 2021 - 01:50 PM

yes fixed price of $1.99/lb



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Posted 28 January 2021 - 02:03 PM

https://www.govinfo....2cfc5a93d9a.pdf

 

https://www.fda.gov/.../81606/download

 

You need the usual, identity, ingredients, allergens as well as the price/pound and the price of the piece which means you also need a calibrated scale to weigh and price each piece-----------unless the stores are doing that part at retail 


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Posted 28 January 2021 - 02:11 PM

store is doing weigh and price per each piece, what about nutritionals?



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Posted 28 January 2021 - 02:13 PM

I'm guessing you've not made anything for retail sale in your company yet

 

Please read through the attached links I sent----------they are guidance for industry

 

You're going to want to send your product(s) out for nutritional analysis …..contact a certified lab and they will tell you what they need and how much $$$$ it will cost


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Posted 28 January 2021 - 02:33 PM

was just curious if we need to add the nutritional panel to the package?



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Posted 28 January 2021 - 02:51 PM

yes you do

 

That's what I meant by all the usual stuff-----nutritional panel, ingredients, dating, allergens, manufacturer 

 

UNLESS you're not crossing state lines or exporting, then maybe your state has different requirements.


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Posted 28 January 2021 - 03:23 PM

I use a label consultant, they run the analysis and set everything up for us.


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Posted 28 January 2021 - 06:45 PM

this is what i am being told:

 

For USDA products (excluding single ingredient), nutrition facts are voluntary if you sell less than 100,000 lbs of one recipe annually.  For FDA, it’s less than 100,000 units annually and less than 100 employees on staff.  And you’re not making any nutrition claims.



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Posted 28 January 2021 - 07:07 PM

2. How does the FDA small business exemption work, 

Small businesses are defined in one of two ways: a) a retailer with annual gross sales to consumers of less than $500,000 (determined by the most recent two-year average) or annual gross sales of only food to consumers of less than $50,000 (such as a gift shop which sells a line of fruit preserves);

 

or b) food manufacturers, packers, or distributors with fewer than 100 employees (based on the average full time equivalents) and product sales of less than 100,000 units for each product. If a business does not meet the first definition, then it must comply with the second one for its products to be exempt from nutrition labeling (as long as no nutrient content claims or health claims are made). A “product” is defined as a food with the same brand name and statement of identity, and a “unit” is the package or form in which the product is offered for sale. The number of employees and volume of sales are based on the previous 12 months. Once a product or business exceeds either criteria, the exemption for the product(s) expires 18 months from that date. Reasonable estimates of projected sales for new products may be made. Firms utilizing the small business exemption must file an annual notice with FDA of such exemption (see 21 CFR 101.9 (j)(18))

 

You are being given correct information----but ask yourself............because i know my answer.............who's cheese would you buy in a grocery store?  The one who's label is similar to everyone else's or the one that is missing something..............


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