How to Read a Label
This information is for U.S. users of Aisle7. Users in other countries need to be aware of legal requirements that apply in their communities. The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA) required the Food and Drug Administration to write new regulations for dietary supplement labels. These regulations were finalized in March of 1999.
What's on a label?
- Botanical ingredients must be listed by common name as well as by the plant part that is used (for example, Chamomile flowers, or Echinacea root).
- Latin names may be used, but they are not required.
- Proprietary ingredients may be listed collectively by weight and designated as "proprietary blend."
- When the source of the nutrient or other ingredient is declared on the label (such as calcium carbonate) the net active amount is listed, not the weight of the total compound (for example, calcium, 500 mg of which is derived from 800 mg of calcium carbonate).
- All ingredients must be listed by their common name in descending order.
The Facts Box
In the facts box, you’ll find:
- Serving size
- The amount of each nutrient provided by one serving
- The % of Daily Value (a comparison of the nutrients in one serving to the established Reference of Daily Intake levels for most vitamins and minerals)
- A complete listing of ingredients, including the excipients (inactive ingredients used in the manufacturing process)
The Rest of the Label
Additional information required on product labels includes:
- Identification as a dietary supplement, vitamin, or herb.
- Structure and Function Claims must include the disclaimer: "This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease."
- The name and place of business of the manufacturer, packer, or distributor.
- Appropriate warnings, cautions, and specific directions for use.
- Size (mg/mcg) and number of tablets or capsules.