Today we are excited to launch openfood.ch – an open access database on information about barcoded food products sold in Switzerland.
Is there a need for such a database? Absolutely. Today, there is no database on Swiss food products that is truly open, free, and – perhaps most importantly – programmatically accessible via an API. The latter point is particularly important as it allows for the creation of an ecosystem around open food data, one of the main goals of openfood.ch.
What we are launching is only the first version of openfood.ch. We make no claims on completeness of the data, but with over 14,000 products in the database, we are off to a good start. We hope to leverage the crowd to help us grow and maintain a high quality database. In the near future, we’ll expand the crowdsourcing functionality of the site substantially.