Nutrition Facts Maker 2.0 -- Links
The following links have a great deal of information about standards for nutrition labels and how to read them. Before you do use any label or perform any label development, you must familiarize yourself with either the U. S. Food and Drug Administration's labeling standards, or those established by Health Canada .
- A Food Labeling Guide from the FDA (PDF format -- if you read nothing else, read this one!)
- Food Label Education Tools & General Information -- FDA.
- Nutritional Labeling General Guidelines from the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (ARUI) at the University of Minnesota--Crookston.
- Nutrition Facts Template Information from Walle Corp.
- American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) Guide to the Nutrition Facts Label.
- Canadian Nutrition Labeling Guidelines
- Adobe Acrobat Reader: Several of our clients have had problems viewing labels after creating them. In all cases, they were using an older version of the Adobe Acrobat Reader software. Install this version directly from the Adobe web site and you'll be all set. (If you don't want/need the McAfee Security Scan software, be sure to uncheck the check box before accepting the download.)
- Convert PDF to JPG files: Now you can instantly convert your PDF Nutrition Labels into JPG format. If you plan to print the labels, be sure to select "Excellent - 300dpi" quality.
- USDA Food Composition Database from the Agricultural Research Service: Using the USDA National Nutrient Database Food Search Software, this tool allows you to analyze the individual components of ingredients. Best of all, it's free--your tax dollars at work! Download the software, install it on your PC, and enter your ingredients one at a time. This should give a reasonable approximation of the calories, fat, protein, etc. of your ingredients. Add them together (Excel is probably your best bet), complete the Nutrition Facts Maker label of your choice, and you are done!
- Cook'n Recipe Organizer: One of our clients uses this software to analyze her recipes. She says it works great and the price is very reasonable. Once you have your values, use the Nutrition Facts Maker 2.0 software to create your labels.
- Inspiration Nutrition: Need your products professionally analyzed? Beth Schwartzman, RD, LDN, CDE can help!
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