The latest update to Genesis R&D Foods — version 11.5 — is an important one for FDA’s Menu Labeling and Mexico’s Nutrition Facts Labeling regulations and compliance.
We’ve added features to simplify menu labeling compliance (remember, the deadline was May 7, 2018) and incorporated Mexico’s Front-of-Package seals.
In addition, there are several other software enhancements. These release notes detail all of the improvements and fixes. This was a major update, so we’re only going to cover the most notable additions and revisions in this blog:
- Composite Ingredient™
- Calorie Ranges on the Menu Label Report
- Mexico Front-of-Package Labels
- Nutrient Content Claims for Mexico
- Reference Amount for Nutrient Content Claims
- New Label Adjustments
- eLearning Center
UPDATE WEBINAR: To learn more about the new features join us on Wednesday, May 30, for a free webinar, “Genesis R&D Foods 11.5 Overview.”
The Composite Ingredient feature allows you to create an ingredient from the averaged nutrient data of more than one ingredient of the same type. This is useful when your ingredients come from a variety of suppliers. The Composite Ingredient can then be added to recipes or menus and will appear in your ingredient statements.
The Menu Labeling regulations allow for the listing of calorie ranges. Now, when building a Menu in Genesis R&D, the Menu Label Report (previously known as the Food Menu Report) will display the calorie range for the items selected.
The Mexico Front-of-Package regulations were published in 2014 and are mandatory for most packaged foods and non-alcoholic beverages sold or distributed in Mexico. The regulations are separate from those for the Nutrition Facts panel.
Users with the Mexico Label Module will now be able to create Front of Package label graphics for small packages, individual packages, family packages (per package), and family packages (per portion).
Editor’s note: The FOP icons released in version 11.5 will be phased out and replaced by the new FOP warning symbols starting Nov. 30, 2020. Genesis R&D Version 11.9 includes these updates. Learn more.
The Mexico Label Module in Genesis R&D Foods now includes Nutrient Content Claims regulated by NOM 086. To work with claims, you must first set a Reference Amount on the Recipe.
Nutrient Content Claims for the U.S., Mexico, and Canada are based on a food reference amount. To make calculating Nutrient Content Claims easier, the program now includes a section for entering the reference amount.
In most cases the package serving size is equal to the food reference amount, however, in some cases, those amounts differ. Previously, users would have to set the serving size to the reference amount to review their eligible nutrient content claims, now they can enter the two values without having to switch back and forth.
Sort Ingredients in the Less than 2% Statement by Weight
You can either sort ingredients in the Less than 2% section of your ingredient statement alphabetically (default) or by weight.
To sort by weight
- With your Recipe open, click Edit Label.
- Choose Format Options.
- Check “Contains less than 2% Sorted by Predominance.”
- View your Ingredient Statement to see how this looks.
Adding Specific Sugar Alcohols to your Label
You can now display the specific sugar alcohol (e.g. Sorbitol) on your label instead of the generic “Sugar Alcohol.” Click here to learn how.
You can now navigate to our eLearning Center straight from the Genesis R&D Foods program. Our eLearning Center hosts a wealth of content in one convenient location. Find product specific tutorials and webinars, and browse our regulatory resources. Narrow searches by product, topic, or media type to find the resources you need.