Labelling requirements for dairy products
Nutrition labelling: dairy products
The same nutrition labelling requirements and exemptions that apply to all foods also apply to dairy products. For example, the following are always exempt from declaring a Nutrition Facts table on the label:
- prepackaged individual portions of dairy products that are served by a restaurant or other commercial enterprise with meals or snacks (for example, portions of butter) [B.01.401(2)(c)(ii), FDR]
- some milk products sold in refillable glass containers [B.01.401(2)(c)(iii), FDR]
See nutrition labelling exemptions for more details.
The serving size is based on the edible portion of the food as sold and is closely aligned with the regulated reference amount. The Table of reference amounts for food provides reference amounts for a variety of categories of food, including "dairy products and substitutes". It also gives instructions on how to determine and express the serving size in the Nutrition Facts table for multiple-serving prepackaged products.
Examples of serving sizes are explained below:
Wedge or piece of cheese: The reference amount for cheese, including cream cheese and cheese spread, except those listed as a separate item in column 1 of the Table of reference amounts for food, is 30 g. The serving size is expressed by first declaring the household measure [dimensions of the piece of cheese (# cm cube or # cm slice) that is closest in weight in grams to the 30 gram reference amount], followed by the metric measure (which corresponds to the 30 gram reference amount) [for example, "per 3 cm cube (30 g)" or "per 1.5 cm slice (30 g)"] [Item D.1, dairy products and substitutes, Table of reference amounts for food].
Soft spreadable cheese: The reference amount for soft spreadable cheese is also 30 g. The serving size is expressed by first declaring the household measure (number of tablespoons that is closest in weight in grams to the 30 gram reference amount), followed by, for example, "per 2 tbsp (30 g)"] [Item D.1, Dairy products and substitutes, Table of reference amounts for food].
Refer to serving size for more information.
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