Why don’t some foods have food labels?

Why don’t some foods have food labels?

Food labels are not required on the following foods:

1. Food sold or served to be eaten right away.

This includes food served or sold:

  • in a school or hospital cafeteria
  • on an airplane
  • by street vendors
  • in a restaurant
2. Fresh fruits and vegetables
3. Foods with a small number of nutrients


  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Spices
4. Food prepared mostly on-site and sold only in that place of business


  • Sweets in a bakery
  • Candy in a candy shop
Source: FDA: Guide to Nutrition Labeling and Education Act (NLEA) Requirements

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