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Food Nutrition Analysis

Food Nutritional Analysis To Produce A Nutrition Facts Label For Your Food Product

This service is sometimes needed if your food product couldn’t be analyzed through our database software and lab analysis is required.

Turnaround is 10 – 15 business days from the time that our lab receives your samples.

Sometimes Food Nutritional Analysis is needed to produce your nutrition facts labels. Occasionally, some clients would prefer not to disclose their proprietary recipe. How foods are processed can also require lab testing. For example, brined, marinated, fried, fermented or brewed products often need lab testing. If your recipes cannot be analyzed through our database software, then you would send a sample to our lab for analysis.

Your results report shows the nutrient values required by the FDA for Nutrition Facts Labels.

These include: Calcium, Calories from Fat, Total Calories, Total Carbohydrates, Cholesterol, Trans-fat, Saturated Fat, Total Fat, Dietary Fiber, Iron, Protein, Sodium, Sugars, Vitamin D, Potassium. (Ash and Moisture results are also included.)

If you choose to add the Label option to your order, we use the information from your report to produce your FDA compliant Nutrition Facts Label.

Are you not sure if you will need lab analysis? Call us! During your initial conversation, our experts will advise you whether your food product will need testing to produce your nutrition labels.

Types of Products Requiring Laboratory Nutritional Analysis

  • Food products that are brined, marinated, fried, fermented or brewed
  • Specialty food ingredients that do not have valid sources of nutrition content
  • Pet food and Feed that does not have valid sources of nutrition content 
  • Dietary Supplements – usually due to the uniqueness of the ingredients


$950 for the lab work
$225 for adding an FDA Compliant Nutrition Label

What Is Laboratory Nutrition Analysis?

Nutrition analysis is a process of evaluating the nutritional value of food. It helps to determine the amount of nutrients present in the food. Laboratory nutrition analysis is a more accurate way to measure the nutritional value of food and is used instead of software to determine the actual nutrition components for the FDA compliant Nutrition Fact Panel. This can be done using a variety of methods, including chemical analysis, physical analysis, and bioanalysis. In general, nutrition analysis is used to help determine the nutrient content of foods for use in the development of an FDA compliant Nutrition Fact Panel.

Nutritional Analysis lets you know the amount of different nutrients that are present in your food. A typical test will cover all the values needed to make a complete Nutrition Facts label, and will also include a copy of the Nutrition Facts label, an allergen statement based on your recipe, and an ingredient statement – everything you need for FDA nutrition labeling.

When to Get a Laboratory Nutrition Analysis versus using a database

While almost all foods need nutrition facts labeling, not all products will need a full nutritional analysis. For most foods and beverages, RL Food Testing Laboratory can perform a Database Analysis (which is less expensive and quicker); however, if your product is dehydrated, brewed, filtered, fermented, pickled, brined, or contains ingredients for which you can’t find all the nutrient values needed for an FDA nutrition label, Nutrition Analysis is right for you.

We use our extensive database and food science experience to calculate accurate Nutrition Facts. This is based on the nutrition facts of each contributing ingredient and their percentage use in your formula. These nutrition facts are totaled and factored with your particular processing procedures, enabling us to create an accurate assessment for the resulting nutrition facts of your finished product. Work is completed and back to you within 48 hours with no additional charges. We also analyze nutritional supplements for their nutritional components enabling us to generate a supplement facts label. For a complete list of the services we provide and pricing, refer to our services and pricing page.

The Risks of Do-It-Yourself Nutrition Labeling

A recent study has shown that the majority of people who create their own nutrition labels are not compliant with FDA regulations.

The study found that only about a third of people who create their own nutrition labels meet all of the requirements set by the FDA. This means that the majority of people who create their own nutrition labels are not following any guidelines or regulations as established by the FDA.

If your labels are not FDA compliant, you run the risk of having your product pulled off the shelf in a government recall.  You may also face fines from retailers due to lost sales and labor costs to pull the product off the shelf.  Importers are especially at risk as their entire shipment will be held up at customs if the label is not correct.

There is a variety of do-it-yourself nutrition labeling software that people can use to create their own labels. Some of these programs require you to input the nutritional information for each product, while others allow you to design your labels using a template. Regardless of the program you use, be sure to read the instructions carefully before starting.  There is inherent risk in using these programs.  RL Food Testing Label Technicians spend many hours in training to make sure the inputs are correct and they right nutrition values are being selected from our market leading software package.

Net, creating your own nutrition fact panel can be risky business. It is important to be aware of the FDA regulations and to comply with them.  You may save a few dollars on the front end, but you pay for it on the back end.

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More Info on Food Nutrition Analysis

Recipe Nutrition Analysis

A recipe nutrition analysis is a report that provides detailed information about the nutrition content of a particular recipe. This report can help you to make informed dietary choices, and to ensure that your meal is nutritionally adequate.

Nutrition Analysis Report

A nutrition analysis report is a document that provides detailed information about the nutritional content of a food or beverage. This report can help you to make informed decisions about your diet.

Nutrition Adequacy Statement

The National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine (IOM) has developed a Nutrition Adequacy Statement (NAS) that defines the minimum levels of essential nutrients that must be consumed to maintain health. The NAS recommends that all people aged 1 year and older consume at least:

-Fruits and vegetables: 5-7 cups/day -Grains: at least half a grain per day, including at least one whole grain -Milk and dairy: 2 cups/day -Fish and seafood: at least two servings/week -Oils, nuts, seeds, and dried fruits a: at least two servings/week -fruits, vegetables, legumes

The Nutrition Analysis Laboratory is a research and development center that develops methods to improve the accuracy and precision of nutrition information.

Nutritional Facts Label

A nutritional facts label is a label that is placed on food products that list the nutritional content of the food. The nutritional content of a food can include the amount of calories, carbohydrates, fat, protein, and other nutrients.

Nutritional Analysis Cost

Nutritional analysis can be expensive depending on the type of analysis performed. For example, a food composition analysis can be quite expensive, while a nutrient analysis may only require a few samples.

What Does Nutrition Analysis Include?

Nutrition analysis includes the determination of the nutrient content of a food or beverage. This can be done through a variety of methods, including chemical analysis, microscopy, and spectroscopy. Nutrient content can be used to determine the health benefits and risks associated with consuming a particular food or beverage.

Who Needs Nutrition Analysis?

Nutrition analysis is a laboratory technique used to measure the nutrient content of foods. Nutritionists and dietitians use nutrition analysis to help people make informed food choices and to monitor their diets. Nutritionists and dietitians also use nutrition analysis to assess the health of individuals.

How do they measure the nutritional data of food?

The laboratory will use a variety of techniques to measure the nutritional content of the food. The nutritional analysis of food is generally performed for the purpose of estimating the nutrient content of foods and diets. A variety of laboratory methods are used in order to determine nutrient contents. The most common methods are gas-chromatography, which is used to determine fatty acid and cholesterol content, spectrophotometry for determining vitamin A or riboflavin content, and high performance liquid chromatography. 

How are the nutrition facts on food labels verified?

The Nutrition Facts label on food products provides consumers with important information about the nutritional content of the product. The information is verified by a trained nutrition label technician who has been professionally trained on how to develop and audit these labels for FDA compliance.

How It Works

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  Fill Out Lab Submission Form

After we receive your payment, we will email you our
Lab Submission Form.  Work cannot begin without this form.

Please fill out the form and include it with your samples.

Ship Your Samples and Form

You will need to ship 12 oz of finished product to our lab.

FedEx or UPS / 1 or 2 day air
No glass containers, please
If refrigerated, pack with cold packs
Include your completed Lab Submission Form.

 Results are Emailed to You

If you chose to purchase the label option, you will receive a lab report showing your results.
Your FDA Compliant Nutrition Facts labels will be emailed to you in a file that you can download and print or incorporate them into your packaging




What You Get

Lab Nutrition Analysis & Report

Servings Size Determination

Serving Size and Servings per Container determination in compliance with FDA regulations.

Food Labeling Guide

Our Food Labeling Guide shows you how to choose the correct fact panel format and proper placement to comply with FDA food labeling regulations.

Nutrition Facts Panel Label file

FDA Compliant Nutrition Facts Panel* in all three formats: standard, tabular and linear
Please note: This lab service cannot provide an ingredient or allergen statement
* If you purchased a label.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Why does food nutritional analysis take so long?

Nutritional analysis requires a separate test for each nutrient, and each test uses a different AOAC method. Dietary fiber alone requires 14 days, as it uses bacterial consumption to replicate human digestion and absorption. To stay organized and ensure your results are 100% accurate, food nutritional analysis requires 25 business days for turnaround.

How long does food nutritional analysis take?

The turnaround time for lab analysis can be up to 25 business days from the time our lab receives your samples.

How do I pack my food product when shipping it to the lab?

We will need 12 oz of finished product to complete the testing.

Please do not ship your samples in glass containers (most clients use a plastic storage container). If your product is a liquid, make sure your container is leak-proof.

If your product is refrigerated, include a sufficient number of cold packs to keep it cool during the entire shipping process.

Ship your sample overnight or by two-day air, either using FedEx or UPS. Please ship your product to our lab address, which is provided on the Lab Information Form that you will receive via email before billing.


How do I know if I will need laboratory analysis to order a Nutrition Facts Label?

Because of their complex nature, these foods commonly need laboratory analysis:

  • Fermented products, such as beer or wine
  • Complex recipes that may be brined or marinated, such as a beef jerky
  • Brewed products, such as coffee or tea

Please contact us to discuss your food product. We can determine if your product will need laboratory testing.

In order to get a nutrition label, do I have to send samples of my food product to a lab for testing?

Not all food products require analysis in a food testing lab in order to create a nutrition label. In fact, most food recipes can be analyzed through our database software, which is less expensive and less time consuming than lab analysis . Lab analysis involves sending food samples to our lab for testing and can provide results within 25 days. In comparison, database analysis (which loads your recipe’s ingredient information into our software for analysis) can provide results in as little as 2-3 days.

Can I pay for expedited services?

No. Our lab cannot accommodate rush orders.

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