1WorldSync and North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Partner to Help Schools Address Critical Food Nutrition and Safety Issues

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Partnership provides school nutrition specialists with accurate and detailed product information

1WorldSync, the leading multi-enterprise product information network, and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) have partnered to tackle the daunting and critical task of tracking food nutrition and safety. To handle the rise in food allergies, school nutrition specialists must be equipped with detailed product information. Through the partnership with 1WorldSync, NCDPI is taking on this challenge to utilize a product information solution to track and analyze nutrition data.

In North Carolina, each school district submits to the state a sample analysis for a distinct menu for breakfast and lunch. Since the health and well-being of students is their top priority, the department uses the analysis to help local school districts accommodate the special dietary needs of their students. In order to complete the analysis, school nutrition directors require accurate product information including, but not limited to; carbohydrates, protein, calories, fat, trans fat, and sodium as well as access to the ingredient list for important allergens. Historically, school nutrition professionals used multiple methods to collect and manage nutrition information, including actual boxes of food labels as their source for nutrition and allergen information. Through the partnership with 1WorldSync, school nutrition professionals will have access to food manufacturers’ product data through an online portal with current and accurate data.

“Dirty data regarding nutrition can be surprisingly dangerous. Just because allergen information is on the label, don’t assume that data makes it to the website or a mobile app,” explained Nick Manzo, Global Omni-Channel Lead, at 1WorldSync. “We have taken the guess work out of the equation and now local and statewide school officials all have access to the same trusted and accurate nutritional and allergen information.”

“It is important for schools to have quick and easy access to accurate and current food product information. Students, teachers, parents and School Nutrition professionals rely on this information daily. Schools need this information for many reasons including access to allergen information, therapeutic diet preparation, and regulatory compliance.” As a School Nutrition Specialist, Leslie Otts MS, RDN, LDN, works with school districts everyday regarding accommodating students’ dietary needs.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
The NCDPI is charged with implementing the state’s public school laws and the State Board of Education’s policies and procedures governing pre-kindergarten through 12th grade public education. The agency provides leadership and service to the 115 local public school districts and almost 2,500 traditional public schools, charter schools, and the three residential schools for students with hearing and visual impairments. More than 1.5 million students attend NC public schools.

About 1WorldSync
1WorldSync is the leading multi-enterprise product information network, helping more than 20,000 global brands and their trading partners in 60 countries – share authentic, trusted content in the hands of their customers and consumers, empowering them to make the right choices, purchases or health and lifestyle decisions. Through its solutions, technology platform and expert services, 1WorldSync provides solutions that meet the diverse needs of its customers. For more information, please visit http://www.1worldsync.com

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