Labelling Requirements for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Nutrition and Health Claims - Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
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Nutrient content claims such as, "Source of Vitamin C" and disease risk reduction claims such as, "A healthy diet rich in a variety of vegetables and fruit may help reduce the risk of some types of cancer", can be made on some fresh fruits and vegetables. The conditions for making these types of claims are prescribed in the tables following B.01.513 and B.01.601, respectively, of the FDR. The prescribed wording of these claims cannot be altered in any way. The presence of a nutrition or health claim would trigger a Nutrition Facts table [B.01.401(3), FDR].
When a nutrient content claim is made on a non-prepackaged product, such as on a sticker on a bulk bin of fresh fruit, a Nutrition Facts table would not be triggered. However, a declaration of the applicable energy value or nutrient amount to support the claim would have to appear on either the label or in the advertisement [B.01.503(1)(c), FDR].
Quantitative declarations of energy value and the amount of nutrients per serving of stated size may be permitted on labels or in advertisements for foods that are exempt from carrying a Nutrition Facts table, however, a Nutrition Facts Table would be triggered, (e.g., "451 mg potassium per banana [114 g]").
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