Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
USDA/USDC Authorized Labels and Manufacturers

CN numbers that appear on the valid list apply to the CN logo and crediting statement only. It is the manufacturer's responsibility to ensure that the product label meets all over federal labeling requirements.

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
Food Manufacturers/Industry

-- CN Labeling Policies and Procedures
-- Quality Control (QC) Requirements
-- Monitoring QC Compliance
-- CN Label Reviews: Transition from FNS to AMS
-- Program Manuals
-- Helpful Links
-- Tips for Submitting CN Labels
-- Manufacturer's Product Formulation Statement (PFS)

Resource | Policy Memos | SP08 CACFP02 SFSP02-2019
Update of Food Crediting in the Child Nutrition Programs

This memorandum informs stakeholders on the progress made by the Food and Nutrition Service in updating the food crediting system for all child nutrition programs (CNP), including the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, and Summer Food Service Program. This is a first step by FNS towards improving the CNP crediting system to best address today’s evolving food and nutrition environment and meet the needs of those operating and benefiting from the CNPs.

Resource | Regulations
PART 210—National School Lunch Program

Section 2 of the National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1751), states: “It is declared to be the policy of Congress, as a measure of national security, to safeguard the health and well-being of the Nation's children and to encourage the domestic consumption of nutritious agricultural commodities and other food, by assisting the States, through grants-in-aid and other means, in providing an adequate supply of food and other facilities for the establishment, maintenance, operation, and expansion of nonprofit school lunch programs.” Pursuant to this act, the Department provides States with general and special cash assistance and donations of foods acquired by the Department to be used to assist schools in serving nutritious lunches to children each school day. In furtherance of Program objectives, participating schools shall serve lunches that are nutritionally adequate, as set forth in these regulations, and shall to the extent practicable, ensure that participating children gain a full understanding of the relationship between proper eating and good health.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP28 CACFP09 SFSP11-2016
FDA Requirements for Vending Machines

On December 1, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the final rule, Food Labeling; Calorie Labeling of Articles of Food in Vending Machines, in the Federal Register.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP36 CACFP17 SFSP19-2015
Voluntary Menu Labeling in the NSLP and SBP

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the final rule, Nutrition Labeling of Standard Menu Items in Restaurants and Similar Retail Food Establishments in the Federal Register (79 FR 71155) on December 1, 2014.

Resource | Policy Memos | SP27 CACFP09 SFSP12-2015
Administrative Review Process Regarding the Child Nutrition (CN) Label, Watermarked CN Label and Manufacturer’s Product Formulation Statement

The purpose of this memorandum is to provide State agencies and Child Nutrition Program operators, including the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, and Summer Food Service Program, with additional information and clarification on the Administrative Review (AR) process regarding the:  1) Child Nutrition (CN) Label, 2) Watermarked CN Label, and 3) Manufacturer’s Product Formulation Statement (PFS).

Resource | Policy Memos | SP11v2 CACFP10 SFSP13-2015
CN Labels Copied with a Watermark Acceptable Documentation

The purpose of this memorandum is to clarify that a Child Nutrition (CN) Label copied with a marking referred to as a “watermark” is acceptable documentation for an Administrative Review.

Resource | FAQs/Q&As
Copying Federally Inspected Product Labels for Bidding Process - FAQs

The watermark, is to be applied to all CN contribution statements not supported by product specific documentation and to CN product labels that are distributed without Federally inspected and packaged product.  According to the FSIS policy book, all USDA inspection legends are prohibited from use on anything except actual product or pictures of actual product regardless of the intended use of the product.  For CN Labeling Program purposes, this applies to all Federal (USDA & USDC) inspection legends.

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
FNS Meal Programs

CN labels