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Department of Community Sustainability


Food & Health



  • Dairy Milk Label Claims

    Published on May 15, 2021
    This infographic goes over various dairy milk label claims and what exactly they mean.

  • Natural and Organic Label Claims

    Published on September 30, 2020
    Natural or organic label claims are used on food products to describe how they were grown, raised, and/or processed. Two government agencies oversee the production and labeling of food in the United States to ensure that label claims are truthful.

  • Animal Raising Label Claims

    Published on September 30, 2020
    These labeling terms are used on products to describe the environment in which animals were raised during their life span. Animal raising claims describe the care the animal receives and how the producer maintains the land and environment.

  • GMO Label Claims

    Published on April 6, 2021
    A GMO is a plant, animal, or other organism that has had a gene from another organism transferred into it as an addition or replacement.

  • Antibiotic Label Claims

    Published on April 6, 2021
    Antibiotics are substances that are produced by one microorganism and have the ability to kill or inhibit growth or multiplication of other microorganisms.

  • Food Label Claims

    Published on April 6, 2021
    All information on food labels must not be false or misleading.

  • Hormone Label Claims

    Published on April 6, 2021
    Hormones are naturally produced chemical messenger substance found in both plants and animals.

  • Food Product Dates

    Published on April 6, 2021
    Two types of dating may be found on product labels; open and closed dating.

  • Food label claims: Clearing up the confusion

    Published on September 5, 2018
    Consumers are focused on looking for a products shelf-life and how healthy the ingredients are above all else. Ease in reading the label and product health benefits are paramount for local artisan food manufacturers.

  • Animal raising claims can be confusing on food labels

    Published on January 8, 2021
    New infographic created by Michigan State University Extension helps consumers understand animal raising label claims such as free range, cage free, and natural.

  • Food labels – more info please!

    Published on February 27, 2015
    Consumers prefer products with specific food labeling instead of general references.