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TOPIC: Duplicate Data Base Foods/Very Different Nutritional Counts

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August 25, 2012 3:39 PM
I'm just wondering if there is any way to eliminate duplicate foods in the MFP data base. What's confusing and time consuming is checking duplicate foods with very different nutritional contents then deciding which one to use. Thanks!
August 26, 2012 12:36 PM
Currently, there's not a way to do this but it's very helpful to the MFP staff if you are reporting these inaccurate entries when you encounter them. When you select a food from the database, there is a blue nutrition info link on the right. When you click that to view the NI, there are options to indicate if the entry is accurate. If you select NO, you also get the chance to edit the food. If you edit the information, that food will appear in your MY FOODS tab for easier access in future.
August 26, 2012 8:19 PM
Remember that they may not always be incorrect. Different countries actually have different rules and regulations as to how things have their calories calculated and reported so the same item may have one set of nutritionals in the US, Canada, and the UK.
October 2, 2012 3:20 PM
The problem is when members submit it as 'M & S' or 'M&S' or 'Marks & Spencer' - you end up with 3 instead of just the 1 entry. If all the entries have the same keyword and same nutritional value, then surely it's more likely to be the same food and it should be merged.
October 4, 2012 11:29 AM

swong888 wrote:
The problem is when members submit it as 'M & S' or 'M&S' or 'Marks & Spencer' - you end up with 3 instead of just the 1 entry.

Exactly! There are also duplicates due to wrong spellings like "Marks &Spenser"
All that would be solved if brand names are in a separate list to food names.
When you create a food item, you can just choose the brand name from the list.
October 4, 2012 6:53 PM
I find entries along the lines of "Bill's SooperDooperHealthy Quaker Quick Oats" equally frustrating. Nice for Bill, whomever that may be, but it clutters my food diary. Sure, I could add yet-another-entry for the retail US product, but since we're not talking about the difference between labeling regulations in Canada, US, UK, or Timbuktu, should Bill's entry ever have been added to the database? Sounds more like a My Foods item. It makes the Database very difficult to use when I want to add a store-bought food item. There are plenty of ways to prune the database... please consider it!
December 29, 2012 9:54 AM
This is becoming more and more of a problem. I'd like to see a way to consolidate basic food items like a fruit, vegetable or cut of meat or something so that when I look it up I don't have to scan thru multiple non related items to find the basics. I am about to just enter all my basic foods in under a specific code name so I can search on that and eliminate all the nonsense. The food lists are becoming unusable it's easier to just enter the calories when you know it.
December 29, 2012 10:32 AM
December 30, 2012 2:38 AM
If we could see bar codes on the website, that help identify duplicates.

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