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Nutritional Database Analysis vs. Lab Testing

In just 66 days, your foodservice establishment is required to meet the menu labeling compliance deadline. You read that right — you only have 66 more days to get those menus in order, so it’s time to move nutritional analysis and menu labeling to the top of your to-do list.

It can be overwhelming. There’s a lot to think about, and making the right choice for your business is very important. You probably have some questions.

  1. What’s the first step?
  1. How do you ensure you’re providing your guests with accurate information?
  1. Can you just put your hands over your ears and sing really loudly, hoping it will all go away?

 
The Answers:

Determine which option — nutritional database analysis or lab testing — will be the best method for your establishment. A lot goes into making the decision, with cost being one of the top factors driving the choice. Database analysis is cost and time efficient, especially when you have a large and varied menu.
MenuTrinfo’s proprietary database houses more than 10,000 ingredients, making it one of the food service industry’s most robust and accurate tools. You simply send your recipes and we take care of the rest. In a few short weeks, you’ll receive accurate nutritional information for all of your menu items. When you change your menu or recipes, we can easily and quickly update the nutritional labeling information.
Lab testing is more time consuming, complicated, and costly. First, you have to prepare the menu item and then physically send it to the lab. Once your package arrives, the food products are analyzed and a report is generated. It can take several weeks or more to receive the results. The associated costs are higher and when the menu changes, you have to go through the entire process all over again. That being said, some menu items, such as highly salted or fermented foods benefit from lab analysis over database calculations.

Database analysis provides highly accurate results. MenuTrinfo’s staff of culinary nutritionists conduct the analyses and generate complete nutritional reports including calorie count, fat content, sodium, cholesterol, fiber, carbohydrates, protein, sugar, and potential allergens.
Lab analysis provides the same results. If your restaurant serves up lots of highly processed foods, this may be your best (or only) option for nutritional labeling.

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While nutritional database analysis isn’t the answer for every establishment looking to complete menu labeling by the May deadline, MenuTrinfo makes the process simple, efficient and accurate. And isn’t that exactly what you’re looking for?