FOOD LABELING REQUIREMENTS AND GUIDELINES
BASIC LABEL INFORMATION
Oregon Department of Agriculture - Food Safety Division
Principal Display Panel
There are many rules and regulations governing food labeling. All foods packaged for retail sale
must be properly labeled. There are 5 mandatory requirement areas that must be on the label.
Principal Display Panel - As you look at the front of the package, the entire surface area
that you can see is referred to as the face or principal display panel. The height times the
width of this entire surface determines the font size requirement of the label that is affixed to
the front of the Principal Display Panel. The principal display panel must contain certain
information in a specific order or location and be of specific type size. Although a brand name
may appear on the principal display panel, this is voluntary.
1. Product Identity - The truthful or common name of the product that is contained in the
package. This is required to be in the middle portion of the Principal display panel front
label. The product identity must be dominant and stand out from all other print and
pictures on the package. Bold and contrasting type is the normal method of achieving
this. Minimum type height is 1/16".
2. Net Weight - Must be located in the lower 30% of the principal display panel. No other
type can be placed adjacent to or below the net weight. The net weight or volume must be
in both the US lbs/oz (Avoirdupois oz.) and metric scale. "Net Wt. 12 oz (340 g)" for a dry
product and "Net Wt. 32 fl. oz (1QT) 946 ml" for a liquid product. Minimum type height is
1/16th". In some instances, count instead of weight maybe used. The net weight must be
listed as the minimum net weight, not by the average net weight. Net weight is the gross
weight minus the tare weight of the packaging.
NET WT. 10 3/4 OZ (305g)
Information Panel - This is the area normally to the right of the principal display panel. On a
box, it w