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 | Technical Assistance & Guidance
Food Manufacturers/Industry

CN Labeling policies and procedures are provided here (QC requirements and compliance, reviews, program manuals, tips for submitting CN labels, and the manufacturer's product formulation statement).

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 | Final Rule
Final Rule: National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program Additional Menu Planning Approaches

This final rule also adds a method that allows schools to use “any reasonable approach” to plan menus.

Resource | Proposed Rule
Proposed Rule: NSLP and SBP Additional Menu Planning Alternatives

The National School Lunch Act requires that schools that are participating in the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programs claim reimbursements only for lunches or breakfasts which meet the nutrition standards of the National School Lunch Act, including compliance with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

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.