Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
USDA/USDC Authorized Labels and Manufacturers

CN numbers that appear on the valid list apply to the CN logo and crediting statement only. It is the manufacturer's responsibility to ensure that the product label meets all over federal labeling requirements.

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
General Background

CN Labeling Program

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
FNS Meal Programs

CN labels

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2018-0049
Update of Food Crediting in the Child Nutrition Programs

This memorandum informs stakeholders on the progress made by the Food and Nutrition Service in updating the food crediting system for all child nutrition programs (CNP), including the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, and Summer Food Service Program. This is a first step by FNS towards improving the CNP crediting system to best address today’s evolving food and nutrition environment and meet the needs of those operating and benefiting from the CNPs.

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Resource | FAQs/Q&As | FNS-GD-2013-0076
Copying Federally Inspected Product Labels for Bidding Process - FAQs

The watermark, is to be applied to all CN contribution statements not supported by product specific documentation and to CN product labels that are distributed without Federally inspected and packaged product.  According to the FSIS policy book, all USDA inspection legends are prohibited from use on anything except actual product or pictures of actual product regardless of the intended use of the product.  For CN Labeling Program purposes, this applies to all Federal (USDA & USDC) inspection legends.

Resource | Regulations
PART 210—National School Lunch Program

Section 2 of the National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1751), states: “It is declared to be the policy of Congress, as a measure of national security, to safeguard the health and well-being of the Nation's children and to encourage the domestic consumption of nutritious agricultural commodities and other food, by assisting the states, through grants-in-aid and other means, in providing an adequate supply of food and other facilities for the establishment, maintenance, operation, and expansion of nonprofit school lunch programs.” Pursuant to this act, the Department provides states with general and special cash assistance and donations of foods acquired by the Department to be used to assist schools in serving nutritious lunches to children each school day. In furtherance of Program objectives, participating schools shall serve lunches that are nutritionally adequate, as set forth in these regulations, and shall to the extent practicable, ensure that participating children gain a full understanding of the relationship between proper eating and good health.

Resource | Guidance Documents | FNS-GD-2005-0001
Child Nutrition Labeling for Nonmeat Products

This publication has been prepared for food manufacturers. It contains instructions on how to apply for and obtain approval of a label with a Child Nutrition (CN) statement.

Resource | Technical Assistance & Guidance
Calculating Bread/Bread Alternate

Calculating Bread/Bread Alternate to comply with FCS Instruction 783-1 for grains/breads.

Resource | Technical Assistance
Service Agreement for CN Labeling Program

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), Specialty Crops Program (SC), Specialty Crops Inspection Division (SCI Division) performs CN Label review services and charges a fee for each CN label reviewed.