How do I cite a product label or packaging information?

Note: This post relates to content in the eighth edition of the MLA Handbook. For up-to-date guidance, see the ninth edition of the MLA Handbook.

When you discuss or quote from a product label or packaging information, you do not generally need to create a works-cited-list entry. You can provide all necessary details in your prose:

Food-and-beverage packaging frequently touts a product’s healthy qualities. For example, a package produced in 2013 for Yogi Green Tea Super Antioxidant—a tea sold by the East West Tea Company—notes, “Antioxidants help combat the effects of free radicals, those unstable molecules produced in the body as by-products of aging, pollution and stress.”

You can also provide the information in a note:

Food-and-beverage packaging frequently touts a product’s healthy qualities. For example, a package for Yogi Green Tea Super Antioxidant notes, “Antioxidants help combat the effects of free radicals, those unstable molecules produced in the body as by-products of aging, pollution and stress.”1

1. Yogi Green Tea Super Antioxidant is sold by the East West Tea Company. The package was produced in 2013.