Packaging and Labeling Requirements for Food Processors
NOTE: Information provided here is for guidance only. Packagers and processors are responsible for complying with all applicable laws and regulations.
Packaged products other than raw, uncut produce (fruits and vegetables) must comply with requirements under the Federal Fair Packaging and Labeling Act and the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act as modified by the Federal Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 1990. These provisions have been adopted by the State of Connecticut. State requirements as specified by the federal acts cannot differ from the federal requirements.
Federal law requires that all labels contain at least four elements. These elements must be clear and conspicuous and located according to federal requirements. The four elements are:
Tree nuts (such as almonds, cashews, walnuts)
Fish (such as bass, cod, flounder)
Shellfish (such as crab, lobster, shrimp)
A packager may also submit a copy of the label to the Department of Consumer Protection for informal review and comment. While guidance and comment are offered, formal label approvals are not issued. Please send labels for comment to:
Division of Food & Standards
Department of Consumer Protection
Attn: Label Review
450 Columbus Blvd., Suite 901
Hartford, CT 06103