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    Lactose-Free filter has really poor data

    JavaBird
    Fri Feb 01, 2013 4:56 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    I really like your site, and have used it since it launched. What was especially nice was how good your search was and they way you used the filters. I'm not a fan of that they are now constantly hidden.

    Much more problematic, though, is how poor/sloppy the data mapping into these filters is. It is especially bad in the "Dietary" > "Free-Of.." filters. The one I want is "Dairy-free" which doesn't exist. Instead, I try to make do with "Lactose-Free" (which when one can't eat dairy protein is completely not the same. one is about milk sugars the other about proteins/fats). Nonetheless, I try to use it as a good first filter. It is not even that. Items that have dairy -- which would be blatantly incorrect even for someone lactose intolerant -- continue to surface even with the filter applied.

    I've found that when the lactose free filter is applied list item has menu items with CHEESE in the title. Clearly not lactose free.

    This is on the "menus" tab, which I hardly ever use, and the search results on the "recipes" tab.

    By the way, the "Manage this Recipe" >"Submit a Correction" form has no way to submit a comment or correction on the classification of the recipe.
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    Chocolatl
    Fri Feb 01, 2013 4:59 pm
    Food.com Groupie
    You can't edit the categories on a recipe, but there is a sticky in this forum to request category changes.

    Incidentally, fermented cheeses such as cheddar don't contain lactose, so the lactose-free designation on recipes containing cheese may well be correct.
    duonyte
    Fri Feb 01, 2013 8:42 pm
    Forum Host
    Categories such as lactose free, nut free, Kosher, vegetarian etc. are chosen by the person who posted the recipe. Peopkel do not always realize that certain products do not fit the categories they choose. We find vegetarian recipes that call for chicken broth, or kosher recipes that include meat and dairy.

    As was noted, you can report them on the Categories sticky towards the top of this forum. Staff will make appropriate corrections.

    Some categories are determined by the software, such as low protein, low carb, but not the categories I noted above.
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