My Food Product: Deciding Between Lab and Database Nutrition Analysis

Posted on March 6, 2013 by

The reason that ReciPal exists is because I had to make this very decision myself and started researching the options for getting a nutritional analysis for my company, SlantShack Jerky.

My first thought was that you need to send your product to a lab so they can analyze your product, which was not cheap by any means ($700+, depending on the lab). I also found a website that offered a "database analysis", but this was also about $200 per unique product, which didn't seem much better. At this point, I at least knew that there were options, which I'll explain, compare, and contrast so you don't have to reinvent the wheel.

The FDA Allows Both Analysis Methods

According to the FDA, both lab and database analysis methods are acceptable for creating a nutrition fact label. At the end of the day, your label is required to be within the tolerance levels provided by the FDA for each nutrient, so you can use whatever method will get you there. We'll approach this from the database nutrition analysis point of view, since that is what we focus on at ReciPal.

Database Analysis Pros

Database Analysis Cons

Key Takeaways

Database analysis is a great option to explore if you need a nutrition fact analysis for your label. In fact the FDA encourages database analysis as a low cost alternative to sending your product away to a lab. However, if nutrient data is not available for some of your ingredients or if your food undergoes heavy processing, it may be more appropriate to do a laboratory analysis.

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