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Made in...? Not only!

As a part of our efforts to report originality of products, Validactor can list the originality of any single ingredient. We have also now implemented a more detailed "Made in" labelling system. In fact our "Made in…" listing and categorisation now expands into a multi faceted aspect. Manufacturers of any type of products can specify "Made in…" origin for items - perishable and non-perishable - when last major processing has been done in the country listed. "Grown in…" for foods where 100% of the ingredients are grown in the country listed. "Product of…" for foods where 100% of the ingredients are from the country listed and all major processing has been done in the same country listed. Finally "Packed in…" for any product simply packaged in the country listed.

This detailed categorisation of provenance helps significantly in specifying the origin of the products we buy.

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Knowing the Ingredients in Your Food is Extremely Important


There is being healthy and then there is thinking you are being healthy, unfortunately thanks to some creative wording on food labels it can be hard to tell the difference. With everything from popular cereal brands to numerous yogurts claiming to be nutritious by containing whole grains, real fruit, and vitamins to boost your immunity, it can be very confusing. Fortunately you do not have to be a certified nutritionist to learn how to read between the lines, avoiding harmful ingredients and instead choosing the truly healthy ones.

Advertisers have gotten pretty savvy at using words to trick consumers into thinking they are buying something healthier than they really are. A product may be labeled whole-grain but upon further investigation one will find there are still many artificial and unhealthy ingredients mixed in with a whole-grain. A fruit snack may claim to contain 100% real fruit juice but what is not written in bold on the front of the box is all the sugar and artificial ingredients that outnumber the 100% fruit juice.
Many companies have created low fat or fat free versions of their products fooling consumers into thinking they are making a healthier choice by lowering the fat content. Often times by removing the fat content artificial ingredients are added to maintain the flavour and/or consistency, making these low fat and fat-free choices unhealthier than the full fat version.


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As if all of that was not confusing enough we now have to worry about those three little letters, GMO that keep appearing in some form or another in our food labels. Those three little letters stand for genetically modified organisms meaning some foods are currently modified to survive herbicide treatment, produce their own pesticides and resist certain diseases. It is estimated that over 70% of our packaged foods now contain genetically modified organisms. In other words ingredients such as corn, wheat, canola, sugar beets, and soy are not the same ingredients they were when you were a child. Many of these ingredients have now been genetically modified and are used in some of the most popular food items.

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How Can You Make Healthier Choices?
Thankfully there are certain labels and ingredients to look for to ensure your food does not contain genetically modified organisms, artificial ingredients, and potentially harmful preservatives and additives. Taking a moment to learn a few of these keywords could help make your diet a much healthier one.

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* Pay attention to the first three ingredients in a label as they are what the product contains the most of. The shorter the list of ingredients, the more likely it is healthier than those loaded with ingredients that are difficult to pronounce. It is best to try to buy packaged foods with no more than five ingredients; this is not always easy to follow but is a good guideline when reading labels.

* Some national organism prohibits the use of GMOs. Any product with this label on it is a safe choice for those looking to avoid GMOs and eat organic.

* If you are looking to add more fiber in your diet look for labels with whole-grains within the first three ingredients. The easiest way to add more fiber to your diet is by eating more fruits and vegetables.

* Sugar by any other name is still sugar; fructose, sucrose, dextrose, honey, corn syrup, and many other artificial sweeteners are all sugar and sugar substitutes which means they still add on calories.

* Be aware that partially hydrogenated oils are a primary source of trans-fat which may be even more harmful to arteries than saturated fat. Even if a box is labeled trans-fat-free it may still contain partially hydrogenated oils, which means it still contains a small amount of trans-fat.

* Sodium nitrate and sodium nitrite are two preservatives found in food that could potentially cause cancer. Although the evidence is still controversial it is best to limit your consumption of foods containing these preservatives.

* Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is an additive found in foods to enhance their flavour but some people experience negative reactions such as headaches, sweating, and shortness of breath.

* Food colouring, not derived from a natural source, has been shown to cause thyroid and kidney tumours and chromosomal damage. Many food manufacturers and traders have banned foods containing artificial dyes. Natural food dyes sourced from plant materials, including beets, turmeric root, annatto seeds, purple carrot, purple cabbage, gardenia flowers, hibiscus flowers and grape skin are considered not only safe but possibly beneficial.

Save even more time at the grocery store by looking for the following labels or shopping at locally owned health food stores, check for Validactor enabled foods. Read the digital label provided by Validactor. Validactor checks the ingredients against any allergy you may have and will warn you of possible conflicts.
Eating healthy may seem an overwhelming task at times but it is important to remember it does not need to happen overnight. It is about taking small steps to improve your overall health. A great place to start is to read labels more carefully and avoid potentially harmful ingredients.

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22 March: World Water Day

Water is one of the most counterfeit products on earth! It seems to be silly that someone could counterfeit water, but it is true. The business behind bottled waters is immense and counterfeiters do their best to be part of it. How a water can be counterfeit? It is extremely simple: open the tap - any tap - and fill branded botteles with uncertified, untested, maybe polluted water. Then sell it underprice. It is a total profit business.

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And it is at the same time extremely dangerous for consumers health.

Water is becoming scarse, good water is becoming extremely scarce and less people are getting good water for living. Let's make sure we use water smartly and avoid buying bottled water if we are not sure about its legit origin. Validactor protected waters are secure and safe, searche for the Validactor seal when buying bottle water.

At the same time all of us can do much more to help save the environment… read this document, act now: water is life.

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Validactor and GDPR

"Today we started our final testing of Validactor compliance to the EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation). We plan to be fully compliant before the 25th May 2018 deadline" announced today Dino Sergiano at the monthly shareholders meeting held in Rome, Italy.
"Reaching GDPR compliance is not merely a compliance process, but a real opportunity for us to enhance the trust of consumers in our digital services, and take significant steps towards better protecting staff, business, and personal data. Data security and protection is paramount for us at Validactor and the compliance to the GDPR is a mutually beneficial step for both Validactor and all its users, manufacturers and final customers" added Dino.

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Official enforcement date is 25 May 2018

More info on GDPR

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The 15 Most counterfeit foods

Did you that 15 of the most counterfeit foods are the foods you may eat every day?
The most counterfeit aliment is OLIVE OIL (69% did not pas the authenticity test)
#2 is HONEY (Mostly bolstered with added sugar or syrup)
#3 is FISH (Watch out for snapper & tuna)
#4 is SCALLOPS (might actually be rays, skate or shark)
#5 is BALSAMIC VINEGAR
#6 is SAFFRON
#7 is VANILLA
#8 is COFFEE
#9 is CINNAMON
#10 is BLACK PEPPER
#11 is CAVIAR
#12 is MILK
#13 is JUICE
#14 is MYSTERY MEAT
#15 is WINE

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Your Privacy is paramount for us

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Your privacy, your personal data and its integrity is paramount for us. Validactor is on the frontline on these matters and is working to fully comply with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that will be enforced on the 25th of May 2018.

After four years of preparation and debate the GDPR was finally approved by the EU Parliament on 14 April 2016. Enforcement date: 25 May 2018 - at which time those organisations in non-compliance may face heavy fines.

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) replaces the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC and was designed to harmonise data privacy laws across Europe, to protect and empower all EU citizens data privacy and to reshape the way organisations across the region approach data privacy.

This is a fantastic opportunity for companies such as Validactor to prove the effectiveness of the processes we deploy. Data security and Personal data Privacy is key for us.

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Validactor is a fast growing company, fully devoted to combat the counterfeit businesses, the fakes markets and any kind of adulteration potentially causing a threat to customers. We fight this battle empowering both manufacturers and final customers with a full set of easy-to-use and easy-to-implement tools. Any kind of smartphone is the most powerful weapon to win this battle.
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The Origin is.... very important

“Today at Validactor we have released two major features that bring Validactor to the next level: The origin of the ingredients and the Dynamic Nutrition Facts table” announced today Mrs. Dorothea Bousek Head of Communications for the North European Markets. “Starting today, Validactor enabled products clearly list the origin of all the ingredients contained – one by one. This allows a correct and detailed knowledge of “what’s inside” any product we buy. The same products, for different lots, may use ingredients that originates in different regions or countries. With Validactor now we know exactly the origin of the products we buy. Along with this important feature we also released the Dynamic Nutrition Facts table listing – lot by lot – the correct nutritional values of the food products we buy” added Mrs. Bousek.

We have also released an updated version of our free Android App, while the iOS App will be released in the next few days.


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Validactor is a fast growing company, fully devoted to combat the counterfeit businesses, the fakes markets and any kind of adulteration potentially causing a threat to customers. We fight this battle empowering both manufacturers and final customers with a full set of easy-to-use and easy-to-implement tools. Any kind of smartphone is the most powerful weapon to win this battle.
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