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Dietary Supplement Label Description Text Guidelines

Labeling dietary supplements is a crucial aspect of marketing these products, as it provides consumers with essential information about the product. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sets forth specific regulations regarding the font, font size, and text content for supplement labels. Here's a detailed guideline:

1. Identity Statement:

This is the name of the dietary supplement. It must be clearly displayed and can be located on any part of the principal display panel (PDP).

2. Net Quantity of Contents Statement:

This statement tells the consumer the amount of the dietary supplement in the container. It should be placed on the PDP and displayed in a font size reasonably related to the most prominent printed matter on the panel.

3. Nutrition Labeling:

This includes the Supplement Facts panel that lists dietary ingredients present in significant amounts. It should follow a specified format, including:

  • The title "Supplement Facts" should be larger in size and located at the top of the nutrition label.

  • Information for dietary ingredients, quantity, and percent daily value must be presented in separate columns.

  • The footnote "† Daily Value Not Established" must be included when daily values have not been established for dietary ingredients listed.

4. Ingredient List:

All the ingredients in the dietary supplement should be listed in the ingredient statement. Ingredients should be listed in descending order of predominance by weight.

5. Name and Place of Business:

This includes the name and address of the manufacturer, packer, or distributor. If the name given is not the manufacturer, the name must be accompanied by a qualifying phrase, such as "Manufactured for..." or "Distributed by...".

6. Directions:

The label must have directions for use, including the recommended serving size.

7. Health Claims:

If any health claims are made, they must comply with FDA regulations and be adequately substantiated.

8. Warning or Caution Statements:

Any necessary warning or caution statements to ensure safe usage of the dietary supplement must be included.

The font size of the text should be no smaller than 1/16 inch in height based on the lowercase letter "o". The lettering must be at least one-sixteenth (1/16) inch in height, and all information must be prominent, conspicuous, and easy to read.

It's essential to note that these guidelines are a simplified overview. Please review the FDA’s regulations and guidelines on dietary supplement labeling in detail, or consider consulting with a regulatory expert to ensure full compliance. Misbranded supplements can face serious legal repercussions.

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