The FDA requires that products containing 10 ppm (parts per million) or more of sulfiting agents must declare the presence of sulfites on the product label.
Currently, there are six sulfiting agents allowed in processed foods:
- potassium bisulfite
- potassium metabisulfite
- sodium bisulfite
- sodium metabisulfite
- sodium sulfite
- sulfur dioxide
This blog will walk you through the steps for entering, tracking, and declaring sulfites on your product label, or scroll to the bottom to watch the step-by-step tutorial.
Sulfites are entered as a nutrient from the Ingredient Nutrients screen. When entering sulfites, you will enter them in as ppm, and the program will automatically convert the ppm (mg/kg) to mg per ingredient weight.
If you are not seeing Sulfites in your nutrients list, first make sure that your Nutrients to View list contains Sulfites. With the latest Genesis R&D Foods update, we created an additional nutrient set: ‘Label – US 2016 Mandatory and Sulfites.’ In addition, the ‘Label – US 2016 All’ list of nutrients has been modified to include Sulfites (ppm) and Sulfites (mg).
A ppm measurement is constant for an ingredient, regardless of the amount of the ingredient. So the ppm of one raisin would be the same as it is for a pound of raisins, similar to a percentage. Genesis R&D will convert the ppm of each ingredient to weight in mg in order to calculate the total amount of sulfites in the full recipe. The program then converts the recipe’s sulfite weight back to ppm (of the full recipe) in order to determine if a declaration is needed.
Tracking and Viewing Sulfites in Your Recipe
To see which of your ingredients is contributing to the sulfite total, and at what amounts, you can add the sulfite nutrients to your Recipe view screen OR review the Spreadsheet report.
1. Sulfites On the Recipe Screen
- Right-click on your Recipe screen and select Display Columns
- Click Edit and add the Sulfite nutrients
- When you click OK, you’ll get something like this:
2. Sulfites on the Spreadsheet Report
To view the per-serving mg of sulfites for the total recipe or the individual ingredients, access your Spreadsheet Report from the Reports ribbon.
At the recipe level, when the total sulfite amount equals 10 ppm or more, a sulfite statement will automatically appear at the end of the ingredient statement in both the ingredient statement dialog and on the label display page:
There are several sulfite statement wording options that can be selected from Label Settings > Nutrient Options > Sulfites.
Watch this tutorial for step-by-step instructions: