Food labeling is a requirement for food entrepreneurs. It matters not if you are a cottage food operator, home-based bakers, and other food producers. Food labels carry useful information to help consumers make good choices and they tell you if the food you’re buying contains an ingredient that you may want to avoid.
Moar home-based food processors do not need to put nutritional information on their products; however, if you want to make a nutritional claim or want to include this information there are two organizations that will work with you. Contact the Small Business Nutrition Guide.
The basic information that should be placed on all home-produced food products may include but not limited to the following. Check with your Cottage Food Agency for specific requirements.
- Name of the product
- Name and address of the manufacturer
- Phone number
- A list of all ingredients in descending order by weight
Today we’re speaking to Rhonda Reitz, the owner of Integrity Labeling. Her mission today is to help food entrepreneurs overcome the daunting task of creating compliant food labels. Some Cottage Food Laws require home food processors to include a disclaimer identifying the processor as home-based.
An example of this type of disclaimer may read as follows:
“This product was produced in a home kitchen that is not subject to state licensure or inspection and that may also process common food allergens such as tree nuts, peanuts, eggs, soy, wheat, and milk. This product is not intended for resale.”
Another disclaimer might read: “MADE IN A COTTAGE FOOD OPERATION THAT IS NOT SUBJECT TO STATE FOOD SAFETY INSPECTIONS.” If your Cottage Food Agency requires a disclaimer, don’t ignore this request. Your goal is to be transparent and allow the consumer to know where the products they’re buying are made and provide a label that offers what is in the food products.
Owners willingly share knowledge about all state rules and regulations. Their goal is to make sure you are confident in their ability to produce a safe food product. There are states that require a home food business to identify they’re home processors status on their food labels. Remember, a home food business is a small business owner. They are supporting their family, paying taxes and making a positive contribution to the community.
It’s a Priority
Rhonda shares why food labeling must be a priority for food producers nationwide. Labeling is serious business and the FDA requirements are something you need to know.
It is our hope that you will take a few moments to listen to this Podcast and learn before you leap. Knowing the rules, regulations, and requirement is essential. It is the primary way we let our customers know what’s in our food products.
Rhonda Reitz, Integrity Labeling
Rhonda Reitz, Food Scientist, Owner of Integrity Labeling has been a food scientist for more than twenty-five years. Rhonda has extensive experience in the food industry, product development, and food product label requirements Rhonda’s profession has given her the opportunity to work various sized food manufacturers, including the JM Smucker Company and Hickory Farms.
She has worked with top food manufacturers and industry groups developing products and successfully launching them to the market. She has also worked with various vendors in private label type projects.
Integrity Labeling was born out of Rhonda’s passion for helping smaller food manufacturers compete today with the much larger food giants, by providing personalized, affordable nutritional analysis and food label guidance for start-ups, established food manufacturers, distributors, restaurateurs, and brokers. It is her goal to make your job of complying with FDA requirements easy and understandable. Professional Affiliation: Institute of Food Technologists.
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Areas of Expertise: FDA Compliant Food Labeling (Nutrition Analysis, Nutrient Content Claims, Allergen Disclosure), Scale-Up from Benchtop to Production, Product Formulations Development Tracks: All Tracks
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