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Centre for Food Safety upgrades "Nutrition Calculator" application
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     The Centre for Food Safety (CFS) of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department today (April 9) launched an upgraded version of the mobile application (app) "Nutrition Calculator" ("NuCal"), enabling users to know the daily upper limits and daily intake goals for different nutrients through a newly added scrolling widget on the front page.

     A number of new functions have been added to provide more information on nutrients that are of public concern and facilitate more effective and convenient use of the data in the personal food database.

     Launched in October last year, the app helps the public make better food choices by using nutrition information on prepackaged food and enables users to set up their personal food database.

     "Apart from ranking food in a user's database by fat, sugar or sodium content, the upgraded app can also highlight those food items which meet the respective criteria of being low-fat, low-sugar or low-sodium," a spokesman for the CFS said.

     "Users can calculate their body mass index and daily energy requirement on the new app as well as delete selected food records," he said.

     The new version of "NuCal" also supports multiple users in setting up their personal profiles on the same mobile device with every user displayed with their own selected picture on their profile, the spokesman added.

     Furthermore, users can exchange information on food items in their personal database with other "NuCal" users via Bluetooth.

     Current users can download the new version by following the update instructions at the App Store. New users can find the upgraded app at the App Store by searching for any of the following keywords: "nucal", "cfs" or "nutrition calculator".

     "NuCal", which operates on the iPhone, the iPad and the iPod Touch, is available in Traditional and Simplified Chinese and in English. Details of the app are available at the CFS' dedicated website www.nutritionlabel.gov.hk. For enquiries, please contact the CFS by email ([email protected]).

Ends/Monday, April 9, 2012
Issued at HKT 14:01

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