VITAL Online Helpful Hint – Using Assumptions and Processing Profiles

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Using Assumptions effectively

VITAL® Online provides the opportunity to record ‘Assumptions’ for each: INGREDIENT; PROCESSING PROFILE; Reference Amount; and for any ‘concentration/dilution’ used. The purpose of the assumptions section is to record the source of the information you have entered into VITAL Online or any comments about how the data you are using was obtained. For example, the ‘Assumptions’ for the allergen status of an ingredient might be the date of the specification.

Organisations may choose to use the ‘Assumptions’ area to record standard information, such as the name of the staff member who has approved the information, or ‘Assumptions’ could be references to appropriate sections of your Quality Manual.

It is important to remember that when the information in the ‘Assumptions’ changes, then the VITAL Assessment should be reviewed so ensure that you reference anything which may change the validity of this VITAL Assessment.

Figure1: Example use of 'Assumptions' in VITAL online

Figure1: Example use of ‘Assumptions’ in VITAL online

Introduction to Processing Profiles

Use the Processing Profile library, accessed via the PROCESSING PROFILE tab, to create and manage processing profiles which can be accessed by all VITAL Online users on your account.

A useful feature of VITAL Online is the ability to create a flexible processing profile to capture allergens added due to processing. Processing profiles can be entered into VITAL Online to create either

i)              a processing profile library via the PROCESSING PROFILE tab. These processing profiles can be used in multiple recipes and any changes to the allergen status of a processing profile from the processing profile library will flow through to all the recipes in which the processing profile is used. See Figure 1.

ii)             a processing profile confined to a particular recipe via the RECIPE tab. Creating a processing profile using this method may be suitable when using a draft processing profile or when applying different scenarios to the inputs of the processing profile to determine the effect on the labelling outcome. Processing profiles created in this manner are not accessible to be used in other recipes. See Figure 2.

To create a processing profile library navigate to the PROCESSING PROFILE tab of VITAL Online and click on CREATE A PROCESSING PROFILE as shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1: Creating a processing profile library.

Figure 1: Creating a processing profile library.

Figure 2: When entering a recipe, a processing profile can be added at Step 4 Processing – either add a previously created processing profile from the library or create a new one.

Figure 2: When entering a recipe, a processing profile can be added at Step 4 Processing – either add a previously created processing profile from the library or create a new one.