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Child Nutrition Labeling Program Reminders

Nutrition Services Division Management Bulletin

Purpose: Beneficial Information

To: Child Nutrition Program Sponsors

Number: USDA-CNP-03-2012

Attention: Food Program/Service Directors

Date: February 2012

Subject: Child Nutrition Labeling Program Reminders

Reference: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, Policy Memo TA 02-2012

This Management Bulletin (MB) reminds Child Nutrition Program sponsors about the Child Nutrition (CN) Labeling Program requirements.

Recently, the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has received an increase in requests for CN labels for bakery and fruit/vegetable products. Please be aware that the CN Labeling Program for food-based menu planning is limited to the following items:

Manufacturers are not allowed to place a CN label on any of their products unless it is authorized by the USDA. In addition, manufacturers must have quality control procedures and inspection oversight that meet the FNS requirements.

For more information on the USDA CN Labeling Program, please visit the USDA CN Labeling Web page at

If you have any questions regarding this MB, please contact Stephanie Enright, Child Nutrition Consultant, School Nutrition Programs Unit, by phone at 916-323-0122 or by e-mail at

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
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