California Department of Food and Agriculture

Label Review

Section 32912.5 of the California Food and Agriculture Code requires that “Sample copies of all labels to be used in connection with advertising and consumer sales of milk, milk products,frozen desserts,cheeses, and products resembling milk products shall be submitted to the secretary for approval prior to the use of those labels.”

If your company has a label to review, please download “Label Review Submission Form” (PDF 116 KB), and submit the form, billing information, and 3 color copies of the label to:

Department of Food and Agriculture
Milk and Dairy Food Safety Branch
1220 N Street Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone – (916) 900–5084

We currently charge $119.00 an hour to review the labels effective July 1, 2018.

Labeling Information and Resources

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Cheese
CFR Milk and Cream
CFR Frozen Desserts
California Code of Regulations (CCR) — Milk Products
CA Food & Ag Code (FAC) — Milk Products
FDA Food Labeling Guide
FDA – Changes to Nutrition Facts Label
FDA – Small Business Exemption
USDA Cheese Varieties (PDF)
USDA Label Approval Guide (PDF)