Food Labeling

Food labeling lets you know what the product is, what the ingredients are, expiration dates, and the nutrition and allergy facts.

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Dieting and Weight Loss
Calorie Count
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Carleton consumes a bag of potato chips According to the nutrition label there are 10 grams of fat in the bag How many calories from fat are contained in this bag of chips?

About 90 just going from the fat

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How does food labels help us?

I'd say way #1 is by letting you know what it contains, incase you have a food allergy.

They help us by saying if there is anything you are allergic to in it then you will know to be careful. :-D

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How are ingredients listed on a food label?

By weight, with the ingredient that has the highest weight first.

Exceptions include listing ingredients at the end with 2% or less. These can be in any order.

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Simple sugar on a food label?


Kosher Food
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What does a U with a circle around it mean?

The "OU" on food packaging (the letter U inside a circle) is the kosher symbol of the Orthodox Union. It is one of the most popular kosher symbols in the United States. Many Orthodox Jews who only eat kosher food will only buy products with this symbol.

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What does the k on a jell-o box mean?


However, please note that the gelatin used is still generally derived from pork (see and would therefore only be considered "kosher" by those who accept that the processing gelatin undergoes no longer classifies it as "meat".

Fruits and Vegetables
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What does the number on fruit labeling mean?

It is a thing that tells that fruits code

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What types of information do food labels provide?

it gives you how many content protean, calorie's, the fat content it also shows the maker

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Does U on a food label mean the food is Kosher for Passover?

No, standard kashrut symbols aren't enough when it comes to Passover. The packaging has to say either 'kosher for Passover', 'kosher l'Pesach', or have a 'P' next to the hechsher.

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What does trace mean under the carbohydrates section on a food label?

trace means less than 1 gram. it's usually measured in micro or miligrams.

Australian Food
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What information must appear on all Australian food labels?

This is quite a complex question to answer, but you can view the standards at the Web Link to the left for more information.

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What government agency inspects nutrition labels?

Food Safety and Inspection Service(FSIS), Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

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What is salt listed as on most food labels?

Salt is listed as sodium on food labels

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What is required on a 'Nutrition Facts' panel of a food label?

What is required on a Nutrition Facts panel of a food label will vary depending upon which country has jurisdiction. For FDA-regulated products sold in the United States, search "FDA" and "Food Labeling Guide". The pdf of the Guide is 132 pages. Required elements depend upon several things, including the nutrition values, the size of the label, annual production and even nutrition claims. The full set of regulations can be found under "21 CFR 101".
All packaged foods contain a Nutrition Facts label. It details the serving size of the food and the calories, fat, carbs, protein, fiber, and other nutrients contained in that serving size. It also lists ingredients.

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Which two minerals must be included on the nutrition facts label?

Calcium and Iron

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What is the difference between a Calorie on a food label and a calorie in science?

Both Calorie and calorie are measurements of energy.

1 Calorie = 1000 calories

Upper-case Calorie is used in nutritional terms and is sometimes also referred to as a kilocalorie to avoid confusing it with the lower-case calorie.

Please see the related link for more details

The Calorie (kilocalorie, kcal) is 1000 calories - a more useful unit and widely used.

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What are the energy units on a food label?

Carbohydrates, sugars, and vitamins

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What is Jalal in food label?

I think you mean "Halal".

In Arabic, the word halal means permitted or lawful. Halal foods are foods that are allowed under Islamic dietary guidelines. According to these guidelines gathered from the Qu'ran, Muslim followers cannot consume the following:

  • pork or pork by products
  • animals that were dead prior to slaughtering
  • animals not slaughtered properly or not slaughtered in the name of Allah
  • blood and blood by products
  • alcohol
  • carnivorous animals
  • birds of prey
  • land animals without external ears

google the word Halal and you will find more about it :)

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How do you read an expiration date such as 09May07?

09/May/07 is May 9th, 2007. On perishable goods you will see 'best before' either 09/MA/07 or MA/09/07. This does not mean the products isn't good to eat for another couple of days, but just that it tastes it best up to the date given. You should NEVER eat anything more than two dates after the expiration date. These dates can be found on the lid of the products or on the side of the package.

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What does the phrase 'may contain' on a food label mean?

In the United States, if the food is produced with the allergenic ingredient, it must be included in the ingredient statement.

If a company makes a variety of products with a variety of allergenic ingredients on the same equipment or in the same facility, a "may contain" statement is not a regulatory acceptable replacement for appropriate cleaning or GMPs to separate allergens. It is considered only as advisory. If a food (even if labeled "may contain") ends up causing reactions due to the allergen or is tested and found to contain the allergen, the product must be recalled for two reasons: It is hazardous and is mislabeled.

Most companies that are worth their salt will have programs to separate allergens to ensure the health and safety of their customers. They would also prefer not to deal with recalls and lawsuits. Good companies will have multiple barriers to allergen cross-contact which include cleaning and production procedures/scheduling and dedicated lines and/or buildings. They will even require label verification at production changeovers or when a new label shipment arrives.

Companies might still use the "may contain" statements to advise potential consumers of possible allergen content, but it does not absolve them of legal obligations or responsibilities.

Food Safety
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What does a use by date mean?

A 'Use by date' is a recommended date by the manufacturers, that their product is at its best up to that date. In contrast, a 'sell by date' is to retailers, that they must remove stock off their shelves at the date after (next day). Though such stock can be offered as a reduced item, provided the customer knows why it has been reduced.
A "use by" date means after this date, it is possible that the food is spoiled. Possibly the food is still safe but why take chances.
A use by date is a date determined by the manufacturer which indicates a product will be at its best until that date. It is not necessarily an expiration date.

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How To

How to read food labels?

About Food Labels

Food labels tell you the nutrition facts about the foods you buy. Use the food labels to help you choose healthier foods.

What to Look For

Always check the serving size first. All the information on the label is based on the serving size. Many packages have more than 1 serving.

For example, the serving size for spaghetti is usually 2 ounces uncooked, or 1 cup cooked. If you eat 2 cups at a meal, you are eating 2 servings. That is 2 times the amount of the calories, fats, and other items listed on the label.

Check the total carbs next. It is listed in bold letters to stand out. It is measured in grams (g).

Sugar, starch, and dietary fiber make up the total carbs on the label. Sugar is listed separately. All of these carbs raise your blood sugar.

If you have diabetes and count carbs, use the total carb number.

Dietary fiber is listed just below total carbs. Buy foods with at least 3 - 4 grams fiber per serving. Whole-grain breads, fruits and vegetables, and beans and legumes are high in fiber.

Calorie information tells you the number of calories in 1 serving. Adjust the number of calories if you eat smaller or larger portions. This number helps determine how foods affect your weight.

Check the total fat in 1 serving. Pay special attention to the amount of saturated fat in 1 serving. See also: Dietary fats explained

Choose foods that are low in saturated fat. For example, drink skim or 1% milk instead of 2% or whole milk. Skim milk has only a trace of saturated fat. Whole milk has 5 grams of this fat per serving.

Fish is much lower in saturated fat than beef. Three ounces of fish has less than 1 gram of this fat. Three ounces of hamburger has more than 5 grams.

If a food has less than 0.5 grams of saturated fat in the serving size on the label, the food maker can say it contains no saturated fat. Remember this if you eat more than 1 serving.

You should also pay attention to trans fats on any food label. These fats raise "bad" cholesterol and lower your "good" cholesterol.

These fats are mostly found in snack foods and desserts. Many fast-food restaurants use these fats for frying.

If a food has these fats, the amount will be listed on the label under total fat. They are measured in grams. Look for foods that have no trans fats or are low in them (1 gram or less).

Sodium is the main ingredient of salt. This number is important for people who are trying to get less salt in their diet. A label that says a food has 100 mg of sodium means it has about 250 mg of salt. You should eat less than 2,300 mg of sodium per day. Ask your doctor if you should have less.

The % Daily Value is included on the label as a guide.

The percentage for each item on the label is based on eating 2,000 calories a day. Your goals will be different if you eat more or less calories a day. A dietitian or your doctor can help you set your own nutrition goals.


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Reviewed By

Review Date: 06/16/2011

A.D.A.M. Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, and David R. Eltz. Previously reviewed by David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine (10/6/2010).

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Why is FPO written on food labels?

FOP stands for "Front of Pack, " which contains nutritional information.

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Why are food labels used?

Food labels are used to identify products, the ingredients in them, and their nutritional facts.

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What does the letter p in a circle indicate on food packaging?

The letter P in a circle on food means "Parve", which indicates #1, the food is Kosher, and #2, that it has neither dairy nor meat products in it. This is important information for people who keep kosher as they do not eat meals where dairy ingredients and meat are served at the same time. Parve food or ingredients can be eaten at either a dairy-based or milk-based meal.


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