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  1. #1
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    Aug 2017

    Default Do You Need to Follow Food Labeling Regulations for Free Samples

    My question involves a consumer law issue in the State of: California

    We are preparing to launch a food product (powdered drink mix) and we’re about to send sample pouches to potential buyers at supermarkets. We won’t be selling any of these pouches.
    Do we need liability insurance?
    Can we use non organic ingredients in a pouch that says organic?
    do we need everything to be official: shelf life, gluten-free certifications, nutrifacts, UPC codes?
    Thank you so much,

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2010

    Default Re: Product Samples

    You would be foolish not to go ahead and get liability insurance. You are responsible if something happens to someone as a result of those samples.

    You should check CA's regulations on the usage of "organic" in product descriptions as I believe they have more stringent rules than other locales.

    Yes, you need to make sure that everything is in order. The sample you send out should be exactly like your intended product, except for maybe a "Sample: Not For Resale" label. Otherwise, potential buyers won't be able to get a full understanding of what your product is.

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