Health Claims on Food Labels

Locate a Local Products & Services Lawyer

Find Lawyers in Other Categories
Most Common Products & Services Law Issues:

What Are Health Claims?

A health claim involves whether or not some type of food or food component can affect a disease or health-related condition.  In other words, a health claim can be a label on a product that says how the food is beneficial in helping to prevent or treat some kind of health condition.  For example, your orange juice container may have a health claim on it about how the number of servings of orange juice each day can help reduce the risk of heart disease. Keep in mind that just because a food label states some benefit, this does not make that statement a health claim.  A health claim does not include a claim of general benefit to one's health, but rather how the product helps against a particular disease or other disorder.  A statement on your milk container saying "milk helps build strong bones" is not a health claim.  However, if the statement said something about milk helping to reduce the risk osteoporosis, that would be considered a health claim. 

Do Health Claims Have to be Authorized First before They Can be Put on a Food Product Label?

Health claims must be approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before the manufacturer is allowed to put the claim on one of their food products.  There are two ways of obtaining FDA approval:

What Should I Do if I Have Purchased and Consumed a Food Product That Has an Untruthful or Misleading Claim on its Packaging?

First you will want to write a complaint to the manufacturer of the product as well as file a complaint with the FDA.  You may also want to contact a consumer rights attorney.  Your attorney can inform you of your options, including your entitlement to money damages in a lawsuit against the manufacturer.

Consult a Lawyer - Present Your Case Now!
Last Modified: 11-05-2015 10:26 AM PST

Find the Right Lawyer Now

Link to this page

Law Library Disclaimer

LegalMatch Service Mark