If you are starting a small cookie business, you have no doubt wondered about the nutritional labels that almost all foods have these days. If fact, I was certain I would need them for my cookies until I visited the FDA web site. I was happy to find that I could file an exemption because I was such a small company (Please see the various requirements).
I finally sat down to fill out my exemption form. I set up on line account on the FDA web site, and was taken to a page that explained a few more details. I was happy to find out the following…
If a person is not an importer, and has fewer than 10 full-time equivalent employees, that person DOES NOT have to file a Small Business Nutrition Labeling Exemption for any food product with annual sales of fewer than 10,000 total units. (Taken directly from the FDA web site)
If any nutrient content claim (e.g., “sugar free”), health claim, or other nutrition information is provided on the label, or in labeling or advertising, the Small Business Nutrition Labeling Exemption is NOT applicable for this product.
(Taken directly from the FDA web site)
So if you are starting a cookie business, keep in mind that you DO want to get those labels done at some point. It’s just good business practice. But for the new and very small business, the cost of these labels can often deter someone from starting their business. At least this way, you can get started, and start saving some of those wonderful profits for your labels!
Keep in mind however, that this does NOT release you from other required label items such as ingredient lists, amount of product, contact information, and more.