Michigan small businesses have one big advantage when it comes to labeling their foods: They don't have to include nutrition facts.
While many consumers are trying to eat smarter and are paying more attention to the nutritional value of the foods they buy, adding this information can create an unnecessary burden on small-time producers. As Up North Live notes, the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act is designed to provide some relief, and companies with fewer than 100 full-time employees that produce less than 100,000 units of a specific product don't need to provide nutritional facts.
"If you hire a company to do nutrition analysis for you, it can be anywhere from a couple hundred dollars to … a thousand dollars or more. For every label you produce, you would have to do the same thing, so if you had 10 labels, it could cost you as much as $10,000 just to do the nutrition analysis," Jason Homa, owner of gourmet food producer Cherry Republic, told the news source.
However, many states have legislation that states these products must still feature ingredients lists — an issue that plagues many small-time custom-order bakeries.