When it comes to dietary supplement packaging, there are legal requirements to be met. If they are not, companies can potentially be shut down. And no one wants that. So we’ve compiled some of what we take care of when packaging your product to ensure full compliance.
According to FDA labeling guidelines, the nutrition label for a dietary supplement is called a “supplement facts panel.” Accurate names and quantities of dietary ingredients including the product, “serving size,” and “servings per container” must be on the panel. Titles and headings must be bolded to distinguish them from other information about the product, which leads to the next point.
Ever wonder what the bold box at the bottom is all about?
It is mandated by law that the following disclaimer is clear and present: “This/These statement(s) have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.” As advised in “Legal packing for food and supplements,” it is in fact illegal to market a non-drug product as a treatment or cure for a specific disease or claim it can alleviate the symptoms of a disease. In addition, dietary supplements may not bear disease claims, explicit or implied, unless the claim has undergone premarket review by FDA and has been authorized or approved under the rules for health claims or drugs, as appropriate.
- A general well-being claim is used to describe general well-being that could result from consuming the dietary supplement or a nutrient within.
- A “health claim” is an explicit or implied classification of a relationship between substance and disease or health condition. Such a claim requires heavy scientific agreement, along with FDA authorization. It can be a written statement, a symbol, a vignette, or “third party” reference.
- A “structure/function” claim describes the role of an ingredient that is intended to affect the normal structure or function of the human body. It could also tell how a nutrient or ingredient acts to maintain such structure or function (naturalproductsinsider).
That’s not all
This is just the beginning of what goes into our recommendations when creating your label and compliance checks when making sure that your dietary supplement product is free of violations and out of any hot water with the law. After all, Makers Nutrition is here to make things go right!