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Open Food Facts celebrates its 5th anniversary with more than 1000 cakes!

Launched on May 19, 2012 with 700 products, Open Food Facts - a collaborative, free and open database on food products from around the world - now totals more than 320,000 products, thanks to nearly 6,000 contributors who - using their smartphones - scan the barcodes of products, take photos and add them to the database.

Open Food Facts turns 5!

The database contains more than 1000 cakes for which one can consult and compare the ingredients, the nutritional intakes, the Nutri-Score color grade, etc. Here is a dynamic graph showing sugar and fat in cakes, created in 1 minute with the Open Food Facts search form:

1000 cakes

Open Food Facts is a citizen-led, non-profit organization
that is fully supported by a volunteer team that offers everyone the opportunity to participate in collecting and collecting public interest data on the food we eat.

The data, which is related to food and nutrition, but also to health and the environment (origin of ingredients, manufacturing sites, palm oil etc.) is made available to all (as open data) and is reused in many other services and applications. Open Food Facts data has also been reused for scientific studies (notably by Professor Hercberg's team for the Nutri-Score simplified labeling system).

We all eat 3 times a day and we are all concerned!

If you also think that more transparency, information and knowledge is good for consumers and the world, join us to open food products on Open Food Facts and also cosmetics on Open Beauty Facts.

Discover the project and the different ways to help, install our mobile app, and chat with us on our Slack .

You can also make a donation to the Open Food Facts non-profit association.Enregistrer
By stephane • English • Friday 19/05/2017 • 0 comments • Version imprimable

Goodbye Open Food Facts and Open Beauty Facts: welcome to Open Pet Food Facts!

Introducing Open Pet Food Facts

In the grand tradition of making technology available to pets and pets owners, the team of volunteers behind Open Food Facts and Open Beauty Facts is proud to introduce a solution to the looming overweight issue with pets.

Meet Open Pet Food Facts

Dog Food, Cat Food, Bird Food or Fish Food ? YOU get to decide

Although Open Food Facts went from 100k to 300k products in just a few months, indexing all the food in the world proves to be a sizeable challenge: there are still millions of products not yet indexed all over the world. As a result, we decided to focus on a task easier to achieve: Pet Food. And while we love all pets equally, in order to make our objective reachable, we have to focus only on one kind of pet: dogs, or cats or birds, etc.

But the good news is that you get to decide which pet that is, by participating in our worldwide competition: 1 New Pet Food uploaded to Open Pet Food Facts = 1 Vote for the Pet Food type of your choice Realtime results:

One person can send as many votes as they want (in the form of a scanned product) and all votes must be sent before tonight at 24:00 GMT. So, if you want to help your cat, for example, eat healthy and keep that belly size under control, scan as many cat foods as you can in order to increase the chances of the Cat food to win and turn Open Pet Food Facts into Open Cat Food Facts. Or Open Dog Food Facts. Or Open Bird Food Facts.

You can also voice your support by sharing Open Pet Food Facts to your friends. Make sure to include #OpenPetFoodFacts and either #Dog #Cat, #Platypus or the animal that should be the king of Open Pet Food Facts. We're counting tweet activity as well in the competition: three retweets will count as one vote so don't keep them only for yourself.

The Open Pet Food Facts app is available for Android, and for iPhones Android version (also available on F-Droid for people without the Google Pet Store) iPhone/iPad version coming soon, use Open Food Facts app (Don't worry: we'll move all your pet products from Open Food Facts to Open Pet Food Facts, and uploads will also be counted)

About Open Pet Food Facts:

Open Pet Food Facts was created by Yaki and Tori, the 2 free range hens living in Stéphane Gigandet's garden who were upset that nothing was being done about open data for pet nutrition. They initially wanted to name it OpenChickenFoodFacts (not to be confused with OpenFriedChickenFoodFacts, which they disapprove of), but the neighboorhood stray cat somehow persuaded them to widen the scope of the project to other pets.

About Open Food Facts

A food products database

Open Food Facts is a database of food products with ingredients, allergens, nutrition facts and all the tidbits of information we can find on product labels.

Made by everyone

Open Food Facts is a non-profit association of volunteers. 5000+ contributors like you have added 315 000+ products from 150 countries using our Android, iPhone or Windows Phone app or their camera to scan barcodes and upload pictures of products and their labels.

For everyone

Data about food is of public interest and has to be open. The complete database is published as open data and can be reused by anyone and for any use. Check-out the cool reuses or make your own!
By stephane • English • Saturday 01/04/2017 • 0 comments • Version imprimable

Know what you eat: Open Food Facts opens the data for 100K food products from 177 countries

We eat 3 times a day, but we know very little about what we eat. To make it easier to better choose our food, more than 4600 individuals - like you and I - have been scanning barcodes of food products and taking pictures of their ingredients lists and nutrition facts table to contribute them to the collaborative database Open Food Facts.

Open Food Facts - 100K food products in open data

The project started in France 4 years ago, and the database now contains data for 100,000 products from over 177 countries. In the last year alone, we doubled the size of the database and the momentum is just accelerating even more across the planet.

Open Food Facts around the world

Open Food Facts is available or will soon be available in over 30 languages.
Translators, Photographers, Editors, Coders: We need your help to bring food transparency to a kitchen near you!

All the data is published under an open data licence which allows anyone to re-use the data and build new apps, services and products on top of it. There are now more than 30 re-uses for things we could not have imagined, from health and fitness apps, special diet apps, to connected objects, scientific studies, and press investigations.

Here are some  examples of how Open Food Facts data is re-used:

  • is a global game to sensibilize children about sugar using local products they are familiar with.
  • Across Europe, MadeNear.Me is taking advantage of Open Food Facts to make Food Factories transparency happen.
  • US Data Scientists are creating exciting data-visualisation using the US base that keeps growing. Kaggle World Food Facts.
  • Italian app developpers have developped Magnifico Reader, an app that performs live Computer Vision and uses Open Food Facts to create an augmented reality experience around products.
  • Researchers and journalists from many countries are taking advantage of the sheer size of the base to perform analysis that just could not be done with such accuracy before.
  • And we can't wait to see what international makers and developpers will come up next to expand Open Food Facts and use it in ways that are relevant to their communities.


Join the Food Revolution today by downloading the App on Android, iPhone, iPad, Windows Phone or Ubuntu Mobile, and scanning products from your country.


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Spread the word around you and mobilize your community to keep building and improving food transparency in your country, one product at the time.

Would you like to get involved? Send us an email to or join us on the Open Food Facts Slack.


By stephane • English • Friday 07/10/2016 • 0 comments • Version imprimable

Open Food Facts turns 4, 83K food products in open data!

Open Food Facts launched 4 years ago on May 19th 2012. Following the paths of free and open projects like Wikipedia and OpenStreetMap, it has published open data for 83 451 food products from 141 countries thanks to the work of its 3776 contributors.

Open Food Facts contributors use their smartphones to scan barcodes of food products at home or in stores and to take pictures of ingredients lists and nutrition facts table. All the data then becomes available on the Open Food Facts web site.

The data is published under a free licence (Open Database Licence - ODbL) and it is reused in more than 30 other apps, services and products, ranging to games to educate about nutrition like How much sugar?, to mobile apps for persons with special diets (without allergens, palm oil, high sodium / fat / sugar content etc.), public health scientific studies, and even connected devices (a kitchen scale).

If you think more transparency, information and knowledge for consumers is a good thing for the world, join us to open food products on Open Food Facts and now cosmetics on Open Beauty Facts! Discover the project, install our mobile app, and come discuss with us on our Slack.

Open Food Facts turns 4 years old!

Original launch announcement in French on May 19th 2012.

4 years anniversary announcement on Hackernews.

By stephane • English • Thursday 19/05/2016 • 0 comments • Version imprimable

50k food products in open data and a worldwide scan party!

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Ingredients, additives, nutrition facts and much more data is now openly available for 50 000 food products on the free and open database Open Food Facts.

50 000 food products in #opendata

In just 3 years, the 2000 contributors to the Open Food Facts project have opened the data for 50 000 food products from 134 countries by scanning their barcodes and taking pictures of their ingredients lists and nutrition facts tables using the Open Food Facts Android, iPhone or Windows Phone app.

The database is published under the Open Database Licence and it can be downloaded and reused by anyone and for all uses. 15 apps, web sites and even connected objects (Terraillon's latest connected food scale) already use the data to create new services.

All this is possible thanks to all the individual Open Food Facts contributors worldwide. You can see the result of their work on Open Food Facts, and now you can meet those passionate and tireless individuals on Scan Party, a new site dedicated to showing pictures of Open Food Facts contributors in action, organizing scan parties and linking to news from the local Open Food Facts communities around the world.

Discover more about the project and join us!

By stephane • English • Thursday 02/07/2015 • 0 comments • Version imprimable

Open Food Facts wins an Open Knowledge Award in Madrid, and it means a lot to us!

Open Food Facts is one of the winners of the OKFN Awards for Open knowledge, Open data and Transparency organized by OKFN Spain with the support of Open Knowledge. The winners were announced in Madrid on Open Data Day, February 21st 2015.

On behalf of all Open Food Facts contributors, we would like to thank the jury and the organizers for this award that recognizes the hard work of all our contributors around the world to make food information more transparent. It means a lot to us that our first international award comes from Open Knowledge Spain:

Open Food Facts is about building together a worldwide open database of food products. We are a non-profit organization, from the civil society, and we share all the values that Open Knowledge promotes. In many ways, OKFN's very strong network of communities around the world is a model for us.

On top of that, Spain is the first country outside France (where Open Food Facts started) that adopted Open Food Facts. Our first Spanish contributors translated the Open Food Facts Spain website and mobile apps and since then they added data for more than 2600 food products, which makes Spain the second country on Open Food Facts in terms of number of products.

Open data, transparency and collaboration does not stop at borders!

While the OKFN Awards are organized by OKFN Spain, the organizers made a lot of efforts to make it a truly international award, by involving the worldwide OKFN community, having judges from many different countries, having all the information in both Spanish and English, and encouraging candidates from all over the world to participate. Thank you very much for that!

Likewise, we are making a lot of efforts as well to make Open Food Facts a truly global project. Our 1500 contributors have already opened data for 35 000 food products from 112 countries and territories using their mobile phones to take pictures of products, ingredients and nutrition facts tables. But for many countries, we are still far of having enough products to allow interesting applications and re-uses. So on Open Data Day 2015, we launched Open Food Hunt, an operation to open the data of food products from as many different countries as possible, and more importantly to create and develop strong local communities of contributors.

Open Food Hunt

The Open Food Hunt page is available in English, French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish and new translations are of course very welcome! :-)

Would you like to help us to build a local Open Food Facts community in your country or be part of it? Get in touch!

By stephane • English • Tuesday 03/03/2015 • 0 comments • Version imprimable

Open your beer and meet Open Food Facts at Fosdem'15 in Brussels

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Some Open Food Facts members will be attending FOSDEM 2015 in Brussels this week-end. We are very much looking forward to the great talks like "UI design for open data" from Hollie Lubbock (on Sunday at 13:15 in the "AW1.126" room). While we won't have a booth or do a presentation, we certainly hope to meet fellow hackers interested in food... and in beer!

Belgium is the land of fine chocolates and fine beers, so we thought we could take this opportunity to open as many beers as possible. Not just the beers themselves (although we'll definitely have to drink them once they are opened), but the data on the beers labels: what ingredients it contains, how strong it is, where it was made etc.

In fact we are planning a big Open your beer! event for Open Data Day on February 21st, and FOSDEM in Brussels is a great opportunity to "beerstorm" what we could be doing with beer data. A map of the beers of the world for instance.

As an example, here is a graph that shows how much alcolhol there is in Belgian beers. You've been warned! We will certainly also have an alcohol-free version, "Open your root beer" maybe?

Let's meet!

Besides opening, drinking and talking beer, we would be very happy to present you Open Food Facts, give you one more cool sticker for your laptop, tell you how you can become involved, exchange ideas on what we could do and tips on which open technologies we could use etc.

We are currently using Perl and MongoDB for our backend, Tesseract for OCR of the ingredients, Wikidata to link some of our data, OpenStreetMap to map where products are made, and Cordova for our iOS, Android, Windows Phone and soon FirefoxOS apps.

If you are at FOSDEM and want to meet, just tweet us @OpenFoodFacts, e-mail flo @ or look for someone with a barcoded Open Food Facts tshirt! :-)

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07/02/2015 - Update from our contributor Flo who spent a lot of time at the FOSDEM bar to present Open Food Facts and scan beers!

By stephane • English • Friday 30/01/2015 • 0 comments • Version imprimable

Our Food Open Data Challenge: Bringing Open Food Facts to the UK!

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We were delighted when we saw that Food was one of the themes of the Open Data Challenges series run by NESTA UK and the Open Data Institute. This was a really open event dedicated to Food and Open Data, which we believe is a very tasty - and very useful - combination.

Food open data challenge question

From the very moment that we became aware of the challenge, it was obvious that we had to take part in it! The Food Open Data Challenge was a perfect opportunity to make Open Food Facts really take off in the UK, and more importantly, it brought together many different people with very different ideas of how open data could make our food healthier, safer and more sustainable.

An open database of food products of many uses and re-uses

While it was important for challenge participants to use open data sources from the UK Government (from the Food Standards Agency, DEFRA etc.), we thought that our crowdsourced database of food products in open data could be a very good other source of data for many of the challenge participants.

In our post presenting the Food Open Data Challenge, we also presented our own challenge : bringing Open Food Facts to the UK and making UK startups and nonprofits related to food and nutrition aware of our database so that they could start using it.

Open Food Facts was selected for the first phase of the challenge, and we got a chance to pitch our project in front of many food startups and we were absolutely thrilled to see that one third of the other 14 selected projects mentioned Open Food Facts in their own pitches! :-)

In the last three months, we made a huge progress in the UK, here.

From 200 to 1,200 UK food products in 3 months!

A big enough database of UK food products was necessary to show the usefulness of having open data for food products. While we had 20,000 products in our database, in mid-august we had only 200 UK products. Clearly we had to improve that very quickly so that our data could be used in applications and services designed by the other challenge participants.

So we reached out to everyone we knew who lives in the UK, some of our French contributors added products from the M&S stores in Paris, and we took thousands of pictures of food products in UK stores so that we could open their data. The result is that 3 months later when the Food Open Data Creation Weekend started, we had 1,200 products, a 500% increase in just 3 months! Clearly we can't claim victory, but 1,200 products is already enough to create very interesting re-uses of the data and prototypes. Thanks a lot to all our contributors and friends who helped us achieve this! :-)

Integration of open data from the Food Standards Agency

Many food products have a code on their label that identifies the company that made the product. Those codes are European Approval Numbers, you can find them in an oval printed on the package, and for products made in the UK, EU approval numbers look like "UK 1234 EC".

Each European country publishes a list of those codes, unfortunately each country has a different format for those lists. In the UK, the FSA publishes lists of approved food premises. We have integrated those lists in Open Food Facts so that we can automatically show the manufacturer of each product.

Here is the list of all the UK approved food premises for which we have products in the Open Food Facts database.

For some manufacturers like dairies, we were also able to retrieve the FSA Hygiene Ratings from the FSA ratings API, and we now also show them.

FSA Hygiene Rating   

Made Near Me: a crowdsourced map of food products made and sold in the UK

Thanks to the EU approval numbers and the open data from the FSA, we can determine where products are made (or at least packaged). Putting food products on a map was the next obvious step, so in late October 2014, we launched Made Near Me UK!

Made Near Me UK

Made Near Me is a good example of what can be done when you mix different types of open data: crowdsourced food products data from Open Food Facts, public open data from the FSA, and OpenStreetMap!

How much sugar: a fun and educative game made with open data!

Food products data can be used in many different and interesting ways. For instance if you mix the sugar values from Open Food Facts with the gaming engine from Angry Birds, you get How Much Sugar!

How Much Sugar?

How Much Sugar presents how much sugar is in your food in a fun and educative manner.
And if you don't see your favorite product in the game yet, just add it to Open Food Facts: when new products are added, they appear in the game.

Open Data Awards 2014

Open Food Facts was one of the 3 finalists of the Innovation category for the first Open Data Awards and we were invited to the awards ceremony presented by Sirs Tim Berners-Lee and Nigel Shadbolt during the ODI Summit gala dinner on 4th November 2014.

Nicolas Baldeck (at the very left) from the Open Meteo project was also one of the finalists, and the winners included Wikidata and Irina Bolychevski for her work on CKAN: a clear sign that open data is not only the realm of governments and companies, but that individuals, community projects and non-profits also have very important roles to play!

The Food Open Data Challenge projects

Food Open Data Challenge creation week-end The Food Open Data Challenge generated a lot of interest: no less than 26 high quality projects were submited. (board and photo by @odchallenges)

15 projects participated to The Food Creation Weekend on Nov 14th and Nov 15th. The Open Food Facts team was represented by two of our  very active local contributors: Benoît from London and Vince from Liverpool, joined by Open Food Facts founder Stéphane from Paris.

Each team presented their project in front of the challenge judges and the other teams.

We were very happy that many teams mentioned Open Food Facts as one of their planned open data source in their pitches. It definitely shows that food products data is very useful and needs to be open!

Food creation week-end

(Photo of the food creation week-end by @KaterynaOn)

The winners

The winners of the Food Open Data Challenge are:
Congratulations to the winners and all other participants! Great projects and great pitches!

Our own Food Open Data Challenge: Bringing Open Food Facts to the UK!

While we were not selected as one of the 3 finalists of the NESTA and ODI Food Open Data Challenge, we certainly succeded in our own version of it: bringing Open Food Facts to the UK! :-)

Yes we scan!

We now have a big enough database of food products to at least effectively demonstrate the uses and benefits of having open data for food products, and to start creating interesting re-uses such as Made Near Me and How Much Sugar.

But it's just the beginning!

What's next?

We now have new challenges, and we will need your help to meet them!

Continue to grow the database of food products

1200 product is a good stard, but it is definitely not enough. For France we now have 20,000 products, how much time will it take to reach 20,000 products in the UK? Well it depends on you!

Develop a local community

We need to develop a strong community of contributors - and of reusers - in the UK. To install the Open Food Facts Android / iPhone / Windows Phone / FirefoxOS app, to scan products and to add them to the database of course, but also to re-use the data in interesting ways.

To create this community, we need people who can present Open Food Facts in front of as many different audiences as possible, from the most obvious ones to the most unlikely. In France we have accepted all invitations to present our project, and each time we have quickly connected to the people who attended our presentations. Food is a universal topic of interest that everyone relates to. Explaining how we can better understand labels and easily compare products always generates a lot of interest and enthusiasm.

So could you present Open Food Facts in the UK?

Here are some ideas of possible venues and audiences, but you will surely have other ones:
  •     Open Data meetups and events
  •     Free software / Open source meetups and events
  •     Food and nutrition events
  •     Schools

Would you like to contribute and/or to present Open Food Facts? Get in touch!

Work with producers

We use crowdsourcing a lot to grow the database, but food producers and manufacturers can also send us their data. Some of them already started doing so, and we will need to contact more of them so that we can get more data directly from its source.

If you are a producer and would like consumers to know more about your products, we can help to open your data. Get in touch!

Work with re-users

Food products data can be very useful for food startups, non-profits, government agencies, scientists, and individuals. We will need to engage with more of them to discuss what they could do with the data and how we could help them do it.

Are you one potential re-user? Get in touch!

Let's be open!

Let's be open: we need help to grow Open Food Facts in the UK. If you would like to take part in Open Food Facts, please get in touch!

Thank you!

Thanks a lot for all the organizers of the Food Open Data Challenge from NESTA and the ODI, in particular Amy, Briony, Ed and Remi, to the challenge mentors and judges, to our current (and future) contributors and supporters, to all the challenge participants! It was a pleasure to meet you, talk to you and work with you, and we hope we will do more of that in the future!

By stephane • English • Thursday 04/12/2014 • 0 comments • Version imprimable
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