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su determinación monitoriza la calidad del mismo en origen

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Spanish term or phrase:su determinación monitoriza la calidad del mismo en origen [y a lo largo de su vida útil]
English translation:its levels can be logged initially [and throughout its shelf life] for quality purposes
Entered by: James A. Walsh

17:55 Feb 15, 2018
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Spanish to English translations [PRO]
Science - Food & Drink / Food labeling
Spanish term or phrase: su determinación monitoriza la calidad del mismo en origen
Hi all,

This is from an article about food labeling.

I've done lots of research on this D-ascorbic acid, but I'm still quite confused as to what this part of the sentence is trying to say. And I'm going around in circles with it at this stage, so thought I'd put it out there to see if anyone else can make sense of it.

Here it is in context:

"El ácido D-ascórbico es un ácido orgánico que puede encontrarse de forma natural en distintos alimentos con base vegetal (zumos, hortalizas, frutas, etc) o de forma artificial como aditivo conservante (productos cárnicos, postres, etc). Su potente acción antioxidante evita la oxidación de los alimentos y su determinación monitoriza la calidad del mismo en origen y a lo largo de su vida útil."
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Source language: European Spanish
Target language: U.S. English

Many thanks in advance
James A. Walsh
Spain
Local time: 17:44


Summary of answers provided
4its determination monitors the quality of it from the beginning
Patricia Blanco
2the extent to which it is present affects the quality of food at its source
Muriel Vasconcellos


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4 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 2/5Answerer confidence 2/5
the extent to which it is present affects the quality of food at its source


Explanation:
This is my understanding. Look at the contexts in which the phrase is used at: https://www.linguee.es/espanol-ingles/search?source=auto&que...

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Note added at 8 hrs (2018-02-16 02:13:50 GMT)
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Yes, "en origen" is diffcult.

Muriel Vasconcellos
United States
Local time: 08:44
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 32
Notes to answerer
Asker: Thanks, Muriel. I really like your suggestion of "the extent to which it is present" - I've been trying to express that notion out all day! Really not sure that "en origen" means "at source" here though (what does that even mean?) Keep thinking it's more along the lines of "at the outset" (or the notion of when a product actually goes on the shelf), but that doesn't seem right either..! Ah!

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18 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5
its determination monitors the quality of it from the beginning


Explanation:
The Spanish construction of the sentence is not very clear. So I think a good option would be translating it as much similar as possible.
"Del mismo" talks about the Ascorbic Acid, mentioned a few sentences before this one. So la calidad del mismo talks about the quality of the acid itself. It's a bit tricky sometimes to translate these specific explanations from one language into another because sometimes there are not the exact words, so you have to use what's closer to it and its meaning. Hope this helps a bit.

Patricia Blanco
United Kingdom
Local time: 16:44
Specializes in field
Native speaker of: Native in SpanishSpanish
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