Do you Need FDA Approval to Sell Food on amazon

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Hey guys, it's Damian from Marketing Food Online. I hope you guys are having another great day as always. With the FDA and your food nutritional labeling guidelines, I wanted to do a video. I wanted to show you this specific link that will help you understand exactly what the FDA requires, allows, and offers you as far as what you can claim on your label. If it happens to be a health product, if it happens to be of nutritional value, if it happens to be a product that could benefit someone's health, you need to understand what you can and cannot put on a label and how that works. So I wanted to walk you through this really quickly. And what I'll actually do is I'm actually going to leave the link for this down in the description, below. And you can do a little bit more research on it for yourself. So I'm going to run through this kind of briefly. I just wanted to let you know about this. And this is a great resource. Now, some of the stuff I'm going to show you requires quite a bit of reading. But to be honest with you, it is well worth the time. Just take a few minutes, sit down, and take a look at this information because it will help you understand your label creation and then what is allowed to be put on it. So when you go to the site, it is, of course, fda.gov. On the left side here, you'll have a handful of topics that you can actually go over and take a look at, okay. This one, in particular, that I just opened the page with is the Label Claims, the Front-of-the-Package Labeling Initiative, and the Nutritional Facts Label Program and Materials. This is great, by the way, this part right here. And then, of course, all the way down through here. And these are the types of claims. This is going to give you the definitions, okay, and then, of course, the guidance and regulatory information for these types of claims. Now, there are different types of claims. There are some claims that are health claims. Some are nutrient-based. And you can take a look at these individually, for yourself. What I wanted to do is to show you the nutritional breakdown. There it is, all right. Now, Nutrition Facts Label Programs and Materials So in 2016, the FDA, just a couple of years ago, redid the actual label, the way it's laid out. And then, also, some of the information has changed slightly, as far as how it's displayed on the label, okay. So right here is the change to the nutritional facts label. And I'm going to go over that in just one second, okay. But I just wanted to scroll down here and show you guys all of the resources. Believe it or not, this FDA website is loaded with resources. By the way, if you're wanting to get into pharmaceuticals, you can check here. Everything you need is right here.It's a load of information. It's really interesting. So scroll down here. There are a couple of extra resources, too. There's an Educational Resource Library. This has articles and information that are really useful as well, for labeling. More on the labeling and nutrition of your products here, okay, and then, guidance and regulations here. So whatever it is that you want to learn more about or know more about so you can label your product properly, you need to check that out. And, of course, really quickly, I'll show you some of the options. If you find an article here that's really interesting, something you want to keep on hand, of course, you can email it. You can add it to your social media, or you can print it. Some of the stuff I myself actually print. I go back over and read it. It's really interesting, and it's definitely important to be on top of what you can and can't do, of course, with your label. I get questions like this all the time here on my YouTube channel. So this information on the website will perfectly explain to you exactly what is recommended by the FDA. Now, go down through here. It will tell you about some. It'll break this down into kind of mini, smaller versions of each part of the label, like for instance, sodium, how to take a look at the sodium, what's required for that. Some other items here are nutrient fact sheets. These are really quick, kind of quick reads, if you want, that will give you some information, specifically about labeling, again based upon your needs, if you're trying to understand a certain topic. And then, they have multimedia. Some of this stuff comes in the form of videos, which is really great if you don't want to sit here reading and want to just listen to it. It's great as well. But all of these resources and even more additional resources, some online books and things here, okay. So the label claims, let me go back up here really quickly. And then, let me show you this. Right here, Label Claims for Conventional Foods and Dietary. This is what I would recommend you read. Okay, first off, before any of this other information. Take a look at this because it will explain it to you. Like I mentioned before, I get a ton of questions about why somebody wants to create a health product. And you want to claim that it gives you more energy and burns fat. You know, all of these things are considered health claims. But you have to, depending upon the type of claim that you're going to make on the label, you need to get it in writing. You need to send away for FDA approval to allow you to use those terms, based on the ingredients in the product itself. Okay. And it's super important because you don't want to make a claim on a product and then have a consumer file a complaint with the FDA about your claim, and it doesn't do that because it just creates a big problem. By the way, the most important part of all of this, this entire article right here, is going to be right here, okay. Make sure you read this as you go through it. And then, read the rest of it because it tells you the definition of what they claim is a health claim. So definitely, I actually worked with a company when Marketing Food Online started. It was about a year and a half ago. We actually worked with a company that had a beverage. It was a beverage company. And they wanted to clarify the health claims on their packaging. So I explained to them. I brought them to this website and showed them. And I also explained to them what you can and can't put on there, so they understood. Because of the way that it was worded, you have to be careful of the types of words you use when you make health claims. So this, right here, breaks that down. And then, of course, you can go through the rest of the information. And all of this information is very important. And again, it's not a ton of reading. It's just a little bit of reading here, okay. So definitely keep that in mind. These are some great resources. Take a few minutes and find out what information is important to the product that you're making here. Plus, there's just a lot of general information and resources that take you to great articles about foods and how you can properly label them. So I thought this would be something that you guys could definitely use. And it's a great resource to have on hand. So if it, of course, helps you out, as always, I'm gon na keep this one short and sweet. Do give me a big thumbs up, and I appreciate you guys, again, subscribing and all of your great comments and feedback. I do appreciate that. And if you know anybody that could benefit from marketing food online, please let them know, especially if it's a family or friend. And I look forward to seeing you guys in the next video. Thanks.