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How Old are Those Nutrient Values Destined for Your Nutrition Label?

Posted by Sophie Plummer

April 4, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Nutrition Blog.jpgThe United States and Canada have both made significant changes to their nutrition labels in the past year. In response, food manufacturers are dusting off each product's Certificate of Analysis (COA) to create new nutrition labels in order to comply with updated regulations. But food manufacturers should consider how old their nutrient data is before using it to create a new label. Before sending those new labels to print, check to make sure your nutrient values are still usable.

Reasons why a product’s nutrient data could have changed:

  • Ingredient Changes: When an ingredient, ingredient component or the source of an ingredient has changed, it’s advisable to verify the nutrient content.
  • Ingredient Variations: If an ingredient composition changes due to season, storage or other factors, then it could affect your data.
  • Processing Variations: If there’s a change in how a product has been processed, it’s time for a refresh.
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Topics: Nutritional Labeling, Nutrition, Analytical Testing, Lab Analysis, Database Calculation, Nutrition Facts Label

Ask an Expert: Restaurant Menu Maintenance

Posted by Sophie Plummer

January 4, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Restaurants with 20 or more locations need to comply with menu labeling regulations by May 5, 2017, but they also need to ensure their menu labels maintain accuracy over time. Menus need to be updated with new labels as recipes change, items are added or as time passes to verify the information is still correct. But if you're new to this whole restaurant menu labeling process, how can you implement an effective plan that includes the necessary menu maintenance? 

Our recent video blog offers advice on menu maintenance for restaurants. After watching this video, you will understand how to create your nutrition information sheets, the timeline for updating your labels and who in your organization should manage the process. Watch the video below:

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Topics: Restaurant Menu Labeling, Menu Labeling, Nutrition, Lab Analysis, Database Calculation

How to Implement Menu Labeling Maintenance

Posted by Sophie Plummer

November 9, 2016 at 10:00 AM

menu_labeling_blog_3.jpgTake a deep breath. It’s May 5, 2017 and your menu labels are compliant with FDA menu labeling laws. You’re done!

But wait, suddenly you get that feeling - you know, that feeling that you’ve forgotten something...

Menu Maintenance!

Restaurant menu labeling is an ongoing process. After you initially post your nutrition information online and calories on the menu board, your work is not finished. But, we have good news! Menu maintenance doesn’t need to be a painful process for restaurants or food service establishments. To make menu maintenance easier, create a system that includes continuous monitoring and updating of your menu.

Mérieux NutriSciences recommends the following two steps to maintain your restaurant menu labeling program:

1. Develop a sustainable plan

Restaurants and food service establishments need someone accountable for menu labeling maintenance. Appoint one of your team members to this position. This individual will create a process for menu labeling moving forward, and keep up with changing label regulations.

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Topics: Restaurant Menu Labeling, Menu Labeling, Nutrition, Lab Analysis, Database Calculation

5 Steps to Finding Your Restaurant Menu Labeling Experts

Posted by Sophie Plummer

November 2, 2016 at 1:30 PM

shutterstock_231815896 [Converted].pngFeeling overwhelmed by new federal menu labeling laws? You’re not alone. Finding a 3rd party partner to work with for compliance can be stressful, but choosing the right partner will allow you to spend your time running your business while still meeting regulation deadlines.

When looking for a team of experts to utilize for your required FDA menu labeling updates, consider these five key attributes:

1. Experience

When choosing a menu labeling partner, evaluate whether they understand the restaurant menu labeling process, know the ABC’s of ever changing regulations and demonstrate an apt knowledge of the needed database software.

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Topics: Restaurant Menu Labeling, Menu Labeling, Nutrition, Lab Analysis, Database Calculation

Help! A Guide to Upcoming Menu Label Regulations

Posted by Sophie Plummer

October 24, 2016 at 1:30 PM

shutterstock_193166291.jpgWith Halloween around the corner, don’t let the rapidly approaching deadline for menu labeling regulations scare you. You may not want to think about next May, but you must! Especially if you are in the restaurant or food service industries.

Beginning May 5th, 2017, all restaurants and food service providers with 20 or more establishments under the same name or that serve the same type of food are required to list calories on menus and menu boards. You may not think this is a big deal, but in addition to printed menus, consider the number of restaurants that offer online menus on their website, apps, and 3rd party websites such as GrubHub or Yelp. This project is a bit of a doozy!

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Topics: Restaurant Menu Labeling, Menu Labeling, Nutrition, Lab Analysis, Database Calculation

Nutrition & Menu Labeling: Understanding Database Calculation vs Analytical Testing

Posted by Camilla Sugiarta

September 1, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Regulations, Regulations
calories_in_breakfast_200px.jpegWith food and beverage labeling regulations being passed down by FDA, many retailers, manufacturers and restaurants have to rethink their labeling strategy to comply with these new rules. Some of these new and updated regulations include nutrition facts labeling regulations and menu labeling regulations. In order to comply with these requirements, nutritional analysis may need to be performed. These nutritional results could be used for nutrition facts labels for US and Canadian food and beverage packaging, or calorie and nutrition information for menu labeling. Manufacturers, retailers and restaurants alike must factor in how they will update their nutrition and menu labels when planning their compliance strategies.

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Topics: Nutritional Labeling, Restaurant Menu Labeling, Menu Labeling, Nutrition, Analytical Testing, Database Calculation

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