Open Food Facts is a free, online and crowdsourced database of food products from around the world [1] licensed under the Open Database License (ODbL) [2]while icts -uploaded artwork by contributors- is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike license . [3]

The project was launched on 19 May 2012 by French programmer Stéphane Gigandet [4] during the Food Revolution Day organized by Jamie Oliver [5] and has won the 2013 Dataconnexions Award from Etalab [6] and the 2015 OKFN Award from Open Knowledge . [7]

In May 2016, its database contains more than 80,000 products from 141 countries. [8] . In June 2016, thanks to the growing ecosystem of apps and open data imports from various countries, this number rose to 330,000. [9]


The project gathers information and data on food products from around the world. [1]

For Each item, the database icts generic name blinds, quantity, types of packaging, brand, category, manufacturing or processing locations, countries and blinds Where the product is sold, list of ingredients, any traces (for allergies , dietary laws or Any specific Diet), food additives and nutritional information.

Each contributor can add or edit food items based on the information explicitly shown on the package. [10] As a result, the barcode (when available) is used as the identifier . [11] Mobile phone applications allow for capturing photos and information that are reprocessed manually by volunteers.

Due to similar mechanisms for modification, extension, or deletion of content and structure, the project is sometimes compared to Wikipedia in the media. [5] [12]


The data is reused by various projects on issues related to palm oil, sugar, and location of the producers. [13]


  1. ^ Jump up to:b “Who are we?” . . Retrieved 11 June 2013 .
  2. Jump up^ B.Gans (11 March 2013). Data Publica , ed. “Interview of the founders of and” . . Retrieved 11 June 2013 .
  3. Jump up^ “Terms of use, contribution and reuse” . . Retrieved 11 June 2013 .
  4. Jump up^ Belot, Laure (15 April 2013). “Food: in the face of doubts, Internet users organize” . The World . Retrieved 11 June 2013 .
  5. ^ Jump up to:b Perfect, Audrey (2 May 2012). “Open Food Facts, a new food information site” . The Express . Retrieved 11 June 2013 . On the model of the online encyclopedia Wikipedia, Open Food Facts is based on user collaboration.
  6. Jump up^ “Dataconnexions # 4: Discover the eight winners of this edition!” . The blog of the mission Etalab (in French). 4 January 2013 . Retrieved 29 June2015 .
  7. Jump up^ “Winners of the OKFN award to open knowledge, open data and transparency” . OKFN Spain . 22 February 2015 . Retrieved 29 June2015 .
  8. Jump up^ Gigandet, Stéphane (19 May 2016). “Open Food Facts turns 4, 83K food products in open data!” . Open Food Facts blog . Retrieved 20 September 2016 .
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  10. Jump up^ “Better know what we eat” . . 3 July 2012. Retrieved 11 June 2013 . The labels and other packaging of our food are full of information: the nature of the products, the quantity, the origin, the ingredients, the allergens, the tables displaying the nutritional composition, not to mention the labels of all kinds, carbon footprint.
  11. Jump up^ “Dans l’ESS, l’ouverture des données a bien commencé : focus sur trois projets passionnants”. 8 April 2013. Retrieved 11 June2013.
  12. Jump up^ “Open Food Facts, le wikipédia des aliments”. 26 April 2013. Retrieved 11 June 2013.
  13. Jump up^ List of reuses

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