Fair Packaging and Labeling Act Law and Legal Definition

The Fair Packaging and Labeling Act (“Act”) is a federal statute that applies to labels on many consumer products. It requires the label to state:

1.The identity of the product;

2.The name and place of business of the manufacturer, packer, or distributor; and

3.The net quantity of contents.

The Act states that informed consumers are essential to the fair and efficient functioning of a free market economy. Packages and their labels should enable consumers to obtain accurate information as to the quantity of the contents and should facilitate value comparisons.[15 USCS § 1454].

The Act prohibits any person engaged in the packaging or labeling of any consumer commodity for distribution in commerce, or for any person engaged in the distribution in commerce of any packaged or labeled consumer commodity, if such commodity is contained in a package, or if there is affixed to that commodity a label, which does not conform to the provisions of regulations promulgated under the authority of this Act. However, the prohibition contained in subsection (a) shall not apply to persons engaged in business as wholesale or retail distributors of consumer commodities.