Food establishments that package foods for off-site sale, such as wholesaling of pre-packaged products for sale in grocery stores or at farmers markets, or off-site consumption, such as ready-made sandwiches, are required to label those packaged foods, and must obtain approval for each of those labels from the health district.
Foods requiring labels are those durably pre-packaged before customer order, such as packets of spice blends, bagged & sealed bread, bagged and sealed cookies and cakes, salsa or condiments in tubs or jars, premade wrapped sandwiches, etc.
Products selected by customers before bagging or packing do not require labels. These items include, but are not limited to, deli meats and salads, made-to-order sandwiches, whole breads, cookies, cakes, donuts, that are boxed or bagged after ordering, and customer order delivery or over the counter sales of food where a temporary bag, wrapper, or carry out box is used for short term containment or transport.
The label approval process requires an application and submission of all labels to be reviewed. The initial fee is $64, which covers the first 45 minutes needed to review the documents. If 45 minutes is not enough time to review all labels submitted an additional fee of $118 per hour will be charged. The fees include the time required to review, including time to prepare correction comments and review corrected labels. Final approval will be provided and will specify which labels are approved for use.
For more information or to schedule a label review, please contact Environmental Health Training at email@example.com or (702) 759-0500.
The purpose of the food labeling guide is to help retail food establishment operators in developing labels, which will be in conformance with health district requirements, for the food products they package for display and off-premises consumption. This labeling requirement does not apply to customer order delivery or over the counter sales of food where a temporary bag, wrapper or carry out box is used for short term containment or transport.
Additional information is available on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website.
Updated on: December 5, 2020