How to Create U.S. Nutrition Facts Labels (Chef and Higher)
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NutriBase Chef, Professional, and Network Editions support the creation of U.S. Nutrition Facts Labels. (NutriBase also creates Canadian Nutrition Facts Tables).

To create a label, open the Recipe you want to generate a label for. (If you haven’t created this Recipe yet, create it.)

After you create your Recipe, open it then click the “U.S. NFL” button. NFL stands for “Nutrition Facts Label.”

Missing Values: A message may appear and warn you that one (or more) of the ingredients in your Recipe is missing a value for one of the listed nutrients. This is because all nutrient databases contain missing values for some nutrients. If you try to primarily use the UDSA or Canadian food items, this problem is minimized but not eliminated. The USDA and Canadian databases contain fewer missing values than Brand Name foods (which contain many missing values - food makers are not required to analyze their foods in depth). When USDA or Canadian data contains a missing value, it is usually because the food isn't believed to contain much or any of that nutrient. It is expensive and impractical to test for nutrients that experts don’t believe are present. For your convenience, all nutrients that derived from any ingredients that are missing a value for that nutrient are clearly indicated for you.

Select additional nutrients to include in your label. In addition to the basic label data. This is optional, but you can add: Polyunsaturated Fat, Monounsaturated Fat, Potassium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Vitamin B12, Biotin, Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorus, Iodine, Magnesium, Zinc, Selenium, Copper, Manganese, Chromium, Chloride, and Molybdenum.

Enter an allergen statement. This is optional, but to do so, check the box for this and type in your statement. Because NutriBase does not track the ingredients used in the foods in its database, it does not attempt to automatically notify you when you select foods that may contain allergens.

Include a sorted ingredient listing. To do this, check the box to include your ingredient listing. Your ingredients will be listed in descending order based on their gram weight contribution to your Recipe. You can edit your ingredient listing as desired. (The ingredient names are truncated after the first comma included in the Food Name so edit as required.) To make permanent changes to the ingredient names, open the Recipe and edit the ingredient names in the Recipe itself. Click the “Upper Case” and “Mixed Case” buttons to edit the ingredient cases.

Create the NFL. Create the Nutrition Facts Label by clicking the “Create NFL” button. All values will be rounded in accordance with the FDA rounding rules for Nutrition Facts Labels. The nutrients that are required to be presented as a percentage of daily values will be calculated for you as well. After you create the label, you can print it by clicking the Print icon.

To save the label to an image format, click the Save icon (it looks like a diskette). Notice you can save the label as a BMP, JPG, WMF, EMF, PDF, or PNG. The BMP format is suitable for word processor documents and the JPG file will work on any web site page. Consider using the WMF, EMF, or PNG formats for use in producing publication quality label images you can hand over to your printer for mass production.

Note: The label created by NutriBase is basic, yet it is by far the most popular label format in use today. If you need labels formatted differently, you may need to use a different software program. However, since other label creation programs tend to be far more expensive than NutriBase, most NutriBase users who need other formats will take the label created by NutriBase and hand it over to a graphics artist to create the new format for their end use. This is not difficult to do because all the rounding rules and percentage calculations have been performed by NutriBase. This is often the most economical way for you to meet the requirements for a variety of labeling requirements.

This topic updated 06/24/2015

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