Sunday 18 May 2014

Alacalc is compliant to upcoming FIR and BRC regulations

New regulations for food labels are being updated on a regular basis. At put a lot of focus on always being in compliance with these regulations.

For British and EU users, the current food label regulations are described in the

Food Information for Consumers Regulation (FIR),

or in a more readable format here:

Guidance on the Provision of Food Information to Consumers.

For British companies, the details of the traffic light system is explained in the

British Retail Consortium (BRC).

More and more business are aware that these regulation’s  provisions will generally have to be complied with as of 13 December 2014.

Our customers are happy to know that is compliant to these regulations. And just as important: in case that regulations change, users will automatically get access to the regulations without upgrade fees.

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Thursday 6 February 2014

Aston University & a la calc : Researching Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD)


Back in December 2012 we announced Aston University had chosen a la calc to help in their research of a degenerative eye condition.

They planned to explore the effect of lutein and zeaxanthin on age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and found a la calc to be the most useful tool in helping them analyse daily nutrition intake.

AMD is a condition where the macular (aka 'yellow spot') painlessly degrades resulting in blurred central vision. It is estimated that it affects 1 in 10 people over 65 (source: NHS).

Well. Great news has come back from Dr Batlett and Mrs Stevens who were heading the research. Their statement reads:

“Dr Bartlett and Mrs Stevens at Aston University have been investigating the amount of lutein and zeaxanthin that patients with age-related macular degeneration consume, using the US database in A La Calc. They have found that the majority of AMD patients do not consume the required 10mg per day, and will need better patient education. The results from this study are due to be published in the British Journal of Visual Impairment in 2014. The team will now investigate how much lutein and zeaxanthin is consumed by the general population who do not have the eye condition.”

We're immensely proud to have helped in a key part of researching such a condition and look forward to helping Dr Bartlett and Mrs Stevens making further strides in their research.

Sunday 12 January 2014

What's new: new look, multi-recipe PDFs, recipe tagging, newest FOP graphics

It's been a few months since we've updated our readers here, but that's only because we've been so busy making even better!

Here's a round-up of the latest changes which you can access right now by logging in or signing up for a free trial.

  • Fresh new look - updated more modern look at feel throughout a la calc
  • Download many recipes in a single PDF - including the new UK/EU front-of-pack (FoP) graphic labels being phased in through 2013/2014
  • Recipe tagging - tag recipes for better organisation
  • Recipe optimisation - the next BIG thing from a la calc

Want to know more? Carry on reading below.