Nutritional Supplement Packaging Dos and Don’ts

If you sell nutritional supplements like vitamins, enzymes, herbs, extracts, probiotics, and amino acids, you know your product inside and out. You know its health benefits, its ingredients, where those ingredients come from, and more. But do you know everything there is to know about the label?

If not, no worries. That’s what labeling experts like us are here for. When you get to the point where you’re ready to create nutritional supplement packaging that’s both compliant and appealing, we’re ready to help.

In the meantime, let’s talk about some of the most common dos and don’ts with regards to nutritional supplement labeling.

Do: Meet Federal Requirements

Certain information is required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on a nutritional supplement label. Those details include:

  • Statement of identity (what it is)
  • Net quantity of contents (how much of the supplement it contains)
  • Nutritional label (supplement facts panel)
  • Ingredient label (what the supplement is made of)
  • Nutrient content claim
  • Pre-market notification of new dietary ingredients (a dietary ingredient that was not marketed in the United States before October 15, 1994, and does not include any dietary ingredient which was marketed in the United States before October 15, 1994)
  • Warning statements for supplements containing iron or iron salts


If federal requirements for nutritional supplements have you scratching your head, take a look at this
guide from the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), which breaks it down a bit further.

Don’t: Forget to Showcase Your Brand

Even though there are many unique requirements of the industry, you can still have outstanding labels that include necessary information without compromising the design of your brand. There are several tactics to include FDA-required information while keeping your branding front and center, like smooth peel labels or creative bottle shapes and sizes. So yes, even in an industry with lots of fine print, labels can still come to your customers sharp and clear.

Do: Showcase Any Certifications You May Have

If your product undergoes third-party testing to get certifications, make sure your customers know. The best way for them to see those certifications is through your label, which helps build trust and can set your product apart from competitors on store shelves. 

Third-party testing organizations that set strict standards for the purity and potency of supplements include:

  • NSF International
  • United States Pharmacopeia (USP)
  • ConsumerLab
  • Banned Substances Control Group (BSCG)
  • Underwriters Laboratories (UL)
  • International Fish Oil Standards (IFOS)
  • AMA- American Vegetarian Association


Dedicate a spot on your label to show off this impressive achievement.

Don’t: Forget About Your Product’s Long-Term Environment

Especially with nutraceutical labels, pay close attention to the products underneath the label, inks and adhesion materials. Some of those products may be sensitive to extreme temperatures or harsh environments. From tamper-evident solutions to shrink wrapping and absolutely everything in-between, make sure your label  (and product) can handle it.

Do: Turn to the Experts

Taking shortcuts (like not turning to an expert label-maker for custom labeling) has long-term consequences. It’s time to ditch an overwhelming, potentially error-ridden DIY method with a seamless, stress-free and high-quality label-making process. Since there’s so much to remember for nutritional supplement packaging, you’ll be glad the weight of remembering is off your shoulders.

How We Can Help

Now that you know the dos and don’ts of nutritional supplement packing, we’re here to help get you started. Let’s talk about what Mammoth Packaging can do for you. Contact our digital label experts today for the innovative solutions that can make your products truly shine.