How do I determine caloric values for standard menu items?
It is the companies' responsibility to make sure that the nutrient values are accurate. Most large food service companies will have support from corporate offices to determine the appropriate methods to comply with the legislation.
There are different ways to determine calorie values of food items such as laboratory analysis, nutrition analysis software or credible databases. According to the Healthy Menu Choices Act and regulations this to be done by either:
Testing by a laboratory
The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) provides a list of accredited laboratories that owners/operators can contact to discuss nutritional analysis needs. A list of approved laboratories will not be created or supplied by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care or local health units.
A nutrient analysis method that will provide accurate results. The following provide some guidance:
Use of Nutrition Facts Table on packaged foods that comply with the nutrition labeling requirements of the Food and Drug Regulations.