Validation Errors

Validation Errors

In order to ensure that Erudus is providing accurate data. We have introduced text validations when creating product specifications. These validations have been implemented to minimise mistakes from manufacturers during data entry. Below you will find the new errors that you may encounter and what causes them.

Allergen Error

"Please check 'Product contains/suitability' section as an error has been identified"

You will be presented with this error if one or more allergens have been included in the ingredients declaration but have not been declared in the "Product contains" section. The ingredients declaration will be highlighted red with an error below and the field that needs attention will be highlighted in red.

Banned Substance

"Ingredients contains banned food substance: [Banned Substance]. Please remove."

This error will occur if you have any of the following ingredients included in the declaration:

  • Olestra 
  • Olean 
  • Brominated Vegetable Oil 
  • Potassium bromate (E924) 
  • Azodicarbonate

These substances are banned in the UK for food manufacture and if found, the ingredients declaration will be highlighted red with an error below. 


Text Errors

"Text Error: Ensure brackets are closed and colons are closed using a full stop in ingredients declaration"

When typing up an ingredients declaration, ensuring that brackets are closed off for sub-ingredients correctly and colons are closed with a full stop is important for our validation checks that the declaration is formatted correctly but equally important for consumers to be able to understand the declaration. If a bracket or colon is not correctly closed, the ingredients declaration will be highlighted in red and you will be presented with the error.


Brackets

Components of ingredients or groups of ingredients can be identified by nesting them in brackets. You can use any combination of rounded brackets "( )", square brackets "[ ]" or curly brackets "{ }" to nest ingredients. 

If you use an opening bracket anywhere in the declaration, a closing bracket of the same type must be used or the declaration will fail our validation checks as there is no logical end to the grouping of ingredients.

Here is an example of an incorrect closing of brackets in an ingredients declaration. The opening bracket has been circled for emphasis and the closing bracket has been added in red to highlight the correct placement of the closing bracket.

As you can see here, once the bracket has been correctly placed the error doesn't appear after validation. There is an equal number of opening and closing brackets of the same type which opens and closes the ingredients groupings.


Colons

Just like brackets, colons can be used to group ingredients or components together, and just like brackets, a group of ingredients identified with an opening colon ":" must be closed with a full stop "." or the declaration will fail our validation checks as there is no logical end to the grouping of ingredients.

Think of a colon as an opening bracket and a full stop as a closing bracket:

":" = "("

"." = ")"

Here is an example of an incorrectly closed colon. The colon has been circled for emphasis and the necessary full stop has been added in red to highlight correct placement to close the colon.

As you can see here, Once the colon has been correctly closed, the error doesn't appear after validation.

Salt vs Sodium

"Salt per 100G/ML value must be greater than Sodium per 100G"

This error will occur if sodium levels are greater than the salt content as the salt content should be higher and the "Salt per 100G/ML" field will be highlighted red with the error below. One of the most common causes of this error is that the values are in grams and not milligrams so be sure to double-check the values entered.

Energy KJ vs Kcal

"Energy per 100 G/ML KJ value must be greater than Energy per 100 G/ML Kcal"

This error will occur if the "Energy per 100G/ML KJ" is lower than the "Energy per 100G/ML Kcal" and the "Energy per 100G/ML KJ" field will be highlighted red with the error below.

Palm Oil Presence

"Please check 'Product contains/suitability' section as an error has been identified"
"Product Contains Error: Palm Oil has been declared in the ingredients declaration."

This error will occur if Palm Oil is found in the ingredients declaration and the declaration for Palm Oil has not been set to "Yes" in the "Product contains" section. The ingredients declaration will be highlighted red with an error below and the field that needs attention will be highlighted in red.

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