What is IDDSI?

From March 2019, you might notice some changes to our Wiltshire Farm Foods Softer Foods range.

This is because the NHS has changed its criteria for categorising different diet textures for people with swallowing difficulties, so we are updating our range in line with this latest advice. These changes include new names and requirements for food textures. 

IDDSI (The International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative) will make sure that globally, we are all working together, using the same terminology and standards in the categorisation and development of texture modified foods for people with swallowing difficulties.

So what are the changes?

From March 2019, you will see some product improvements as well as new range names within the Softer Foods selection in our brochures, website and on the meal labels (example label below):

• We are changing the names and improving the meals in line with the latest guidance from healthcare professionals within two of our ranges (Formerly Categories C & D).

• We are introducing a brand-new range to replace our former Category E dishes.

 

"Our Softer Foods meals are still safe, delicious, nutritious dishes which you can enjoy every day."

Example of new label for Softer Foods range

Example of the new labels on the Softer Foods range

What does this mean for your Wiltshire Farm Foods meals?

We are continuing to name the dishes in the Softer Foods range as we do now, there will just be a little bit of extra detail on the labels for the time being. Then from March 2019, we will use updated names for our Softer Foods ranges. You might also notice some associated meal improvements. But don’t worry, our meals will remain as delicious, safe and easy to enjoy as before. Please see below how IDDSI will affect our ranges:

Old Name

New Name

Category C Purée Meals

Level 4 Puréed Meals

Category D Soft Meals

Level 5 Minced Meals

 

Old Range

Replacement Range

Category E Extra Tender (Fork Mashable)

Level 6 Soft & Bite-Sized Meals

 

Level 4 Puréed Meals

Formerly named Category C Purée Meals

If you were recently eating a Category C Purée diet and your requirements have not changed then we would recommend this range for you. The main changes to this range are the updated name and some associated meal improvements.

Level 5 Minced Meals

Formerly named Category D Soft Meals

If you were recently eating a Category D Soft diet and your requirements have not changed then we would recommend this range for you. The main changes to this range are the updated name and some associated meal improvements.

Introducing Level 6 Soft & Bite-Sized Meals

Replacing Category E Extra Tender (Fork Mashable) Meals

In our Spring & Summer 2019 brochure (launching in March), we will be introducing a brand-new range for people with swallowing difficulties. This is our new ‘Level 6 Soft & Bite-Sized’ range (which will be found in the Specialist Nutrition section of the new brochure).

This range has been specifically created in line with latest guidance from healthcare professionals for those who previously required a Category E (Fork Mashable) diet. If you were recently eating a Category E Extra Tender (Fork Mashable) diet and your requirements have not changed then we would recommend this new range for you.

The Extra Tender range will remain in our brochure but will no longer be suitable for those with swallowing difficulties.

Find out how to check that your food is the right texture

IDDSI Food Tests