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Improve the Quality of Supplier’s Information

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How NutriCalc improves the quality of supplier’s information

Some suppliers offer excellent and reliable nutrition information for their products; however, suppliers product information sheets may provide either very limited or very poor-quality information depending upon their source.

NutriCalc runs checks on the data you enter into the ‘my ingredients’ file and prompts you with our unique ‘help guides’.

These guides are in place in order to highlight that there ‘MAY’ be a problem with the data that has been inputted into the file.
The areas that it checks are:

1. Energy calculations:

NutriCalc Online checks the energy calculations for you and prompts you with what it believes to be the correct result based on the legal requirement:

Kcal = 9xF, 4xP, 4xC, 2xDF & Kj = 37xF, 17xP, 17xC, 8xDF

Provided the Fat, Protein, Carbohydrate and Dietary Fibre values are correct, unless there is a SIGNIFICANT amount of Alcohol, Polyols & Organic acids in the product, you should use the value suggested in the help guide.

2. Fat breakdown

Suppliers often provide just a saturated fat value in their product specification sheets. NutriCalc Online will offer you the opportunity to base the fat breakdown on an ingredient which may be in your product i.e. Sunflower Oil.

If there is more than one significant source of fat in the product, and you cannot obtain more detailed information from your supplier, you should select ‘split evenly’. This is not perfect but will be closer than leaving the nutrients empty.

3. Carbohydrate breakdown

Again, suppliers will often provide the legal minimum of Sugars and offer nothing for starch.

The Online Service will prompt you with a value based on Carbohydrate minus sugars, but this will NOT be correct if there are significant amounts of Oligosaccharides present. An example of these are: onions, carrots, peppers, glycerine etc.

4. Sodium

The Online service will also prompt you to check your sodium value if this looks very low.

This is an attempt to check that you have entered the quantity in Milligrams rather than grams and not entered the salt value instead of the sodium value. These are not the same!

5. Moisture content

If your supplier has not provided a value for this, a moisture content will be offered based on the other nutrients in the table.

Allowing NutriCalc to guide you through this process will provide a much better quality dataset than you may otherwise have from your supplier.

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