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 requiring review, please download and complete the “Label Review Submission Form” and submit the form and flattened unprotected high resolution PDF images of the label via email to If you are unable to submit an electronic image, please submit 3 color copies of the label according to the directions on the label review submission form. A $119 per hour label review charge applies.

If you are submitting labels for a Product Resembling Milk Product (PRMP), registration of the product is also required. Please download and complete the PRMP product registration form and submit. If the facility manufacturing the PRMP is located in California, an application for a PRMP license must also be submitted.

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)