Copying Federally Inspected
Product Labels for Bidding Process – CN Policy
Manufacturers are not
authorized, under any circumstances, to place the CN Logo and
contribution statement on fact sheets or any other product
information. Manufacturers are only authorized to use and distribute the CN Label on actual product manufactured following a USDA/USDC - Approved
Quality Control Program.
However, there is a
way for manufacturers to provide the CN Labeling Program information
required by bid specifications; but first, it is important to note the
In order to provide
the required CN Labeling Program information often requested and/or
required on bid specifications, manufacturers can do the following
before attaching the product label to the bid:
The CN Label is an
integral part of the product label which includes: CN
Logo/contribution statement, product name, ingredient declaration,
and inspection legend from the actual product carton.
The CN Label from
the product carton serves as proof of purchase and is intended for
documenting meal requirements.
Product labels with the CN
Logo and contribution statement are not associated with the FNS warranty
against audit claims when they are not from the actual purchased product
FSIS Food Standards and Labeling Policy Book prohibits the use of USDA inspection legends on devises or literature
other than the product label; devises or literature can have pictures of
a product that has the inspection legend on it.
Print the product label copy with a
visible marking sometimes referred to as a watermark that states “Copy not for documenting Federal Meal Requirements" and
Federal Inspection Legend.
Any circumstance that involves distribution of the
product label without the product, requires the manufacturer to add the
watermark and remove or redact the inspection legend from the product