Since launching the Fooducate iPhone App, we’ve been inundated with requests to make the app available worldwide. Our neighbors to the north in Canada are especially anxious to start using it.
But right now, you can only download the app from the US iTunes Store.
The reason is quite simple – we have no product information for foods outside the US. You see, each country has its own set of product barcodes, different from the ones in the US. Even identical products, such as cereals or snack bars, are packaged slightly differently, and that immediately requires a different UPC.
And so our database of 200,000+ products is of little value to consumers in Canada or Germany. In order for you to reap the benefit of Fooducate’s product rating system, we would need to get a sizable database of your country’s products into our system. We currently are unable to do that (issues of data availability, budget, and our bandwidth).
Additionally, each country has different labeling requirements and nutrition regulations. That means that some of the information we are using to calculate a product grade may not be readily available in your country.
That’s not to say we don’t want to get people Fooducated all over the world. It’s simply a bit more than we can chew on at this time. We do hope to provide the service in additional countries, but doubt it will happen this year.
If you’d like to be notified when Fooducate will be available in your country, please click here.