Package Weights & Labeling

View a condensed and simplified version of state and federal labeling requirements for common retail food products sold by weight or liquid measure.  Because there are over 2000 pages of regulations and laws concerning labeling, this text in the link focuses on the most critical or confusing aspects of the subject with an emphasis on products that Vermonters typically package.

Package & Labeling – Weights and Measures looks at consumer packages to assure that they are properly labeled and comply with all Vermont and Federal requirements.

Package Weights – Packages are weighed to check that the packager of the product is taking tare and only charging for the weight of the item and not the packaging.

Unit Pricing – There are specific requirement as to the unit of measure a product is sold by. Weights and Measures checks to make sure that all products have a proper unit price and that all items within a category are unit priced consistently.

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Contact Information

Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

116 State Street
Montpelier, Vt 05620-2901

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