I am having a hard time interpreting the following from 21 CFR regarding flavors in food.
In the first paragraph: If a food doesn't contain any artificial flavor you can just write the name of the flavor and nothing else (i.e. "Strawberry", "Banana", "Vanilla")?
In the second paragraph: If you have a product that is expected to contain a certain ingredient (i.e. "Chocolate Cake"), but doesn't, you can simply add "Natural" and "Flavored" before (I.e. "Natural Chocolate Cake Flavored") ?
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
(1) If the food contains no artificial flavor which simulates, resembles or reinforces the characterizing flavor, the name of the food on the principal display panel or panels of the label shall be accompanied by the common or usual name of the characterizing flavor, e.g., "vanilla", in letters not less than one-half the height of the letters used in the name of the food, except that:
(i) If the food is one that is commonly expected to contain a characterizing food ingredient, e.g., strawberries in "strawberry shortcake", and the food contains natural flavor derived from such ingredient and an amount of characterizing ingredient insufficient to independently characterize the food, or the food contains no such ingredient, the name of the characterizing flavor may be immediately preceded by the word "natural" and shall be immediately followed by the word "flavored" in letters not less than one-half the height of the letters in the name of the characterizing flavor, e.g., "natural strawberry flavored shortcake," or "strawberry flavored shortcake".