Many Czech food producers and sellers got to like Etiketomat.cz, a tool for calculation of nutritional values. It helps them comply with legal obligation that sets to indicate basic nutritional values since 2016. During half a year after the regulation came into force, Etiketomat saved several millions of Czech Koruna for producers and suppliers. Now Etiketomat has gained international EuroFIR certification that confirms that the users can rely on its calculations.
Etiketomat was recommended for certification by the Institute of Agricultural Economics and Information (IAEI). Etiketomat uses the IAEI database of food ingredients that is administered by the IAEI together with the Food Research Institute Prague, public research institution, as one of the sources of information. Testing was executed by international non-profit organization EuroFIR.The organization collects the best available information on food ingredients and supports use of such data in the research and commercial spheres. Testing was carried out during June to August this year, when we received 10 recipes of simple and more complex foods and we let Etiketomat calculate their nutritional values. EuroFIR carried own analysis of the same foods using the QIB/NIS calculation and then compared their results with our results. Testing confirmed that Etiketomat calculates correctly and that all measured values comply with the EU Regulation.
Application calculates nutritional values within moments
Etiketomat.cz has been working since 2015. Its benefit for producers and suppliers increased in December 2016 when the Regulation (EU) No. 1169/2011 entered into force. Seven basic nutritional data – energy value, fat, saturated fatty acids, carbohydrates, sugars, protein and salt contents must be indicated in most food pursuant to the Regulation. Such information can be gained using a complicated formula or laboratory analysis but both of these methods are time-consuming and costly. Etiketomat brought a simple solution of this issue. It is sufficient for the users to enter relevant recipe into the application and they receive the resulting nutritional values for given foods immediately. For calculation we use our own algorithm and still extending database that currently includes more than 1250 ingredients and raw materials and several tens of thousands of nutrient values.
Etiketomat safes costs too
Our application provides benefits not only regarding time but also finance. While the prices of laboratory analyses start at CZK 5000, the average cost of calculation at Etiketomat.cz is CZK 250. In total, Etiketomat.cz has been used for almost 4000 calculations by 1200 users.