New iPhone App Scans Food Labels In-Store: Avoid Allergens and Additives

April 13, 2010 in Health and Fitness (E)

[] Chicago, Illinois - For the first time, consumers can easily access additive, allergen and ingredient properties of any food product in-store with FoodEssentials Scanner 2.0, a simple iPhone application from FoodEssentials. Consumers can use the FoodEssentials Scanner, now available in the app store, to scan barcodes of products in-store to view detailed food labels, highlighting any additive, allergen, nutrient or ingredient properties. The application also allows users to customize the view to focus on particular ingredients, and to scan multiple items to compare them side-by-side.

While food labeling is coming under increased scrutiny - including Michelle Obama's push to improve food labeling and the FDA's Health and Diet Survey showing a 10% increase in consumers who read food labels - reading and comparing labels remains a confusing exercise for most consumers.

¨We've been working to solve the food label problem for some time now," said Anton Xavier, CEO of FoodEssentials, who co-founded the Chicago, Illinois based company in 2008. ¨And we believe the mobile platform is the perfect delivery device as it can address the problem right at the point where it is experienced - in-store."

The FoodEssentials Food Label Database is at the core of the application, and a partnership with Beaver Creek Consulting to build the application ¨allowed us to focus on our core competence - the data - while leveraging Beaver Creek's application development expertise to deliver the application," said Dheeraj Patri, co-founder and COO.

The application is in its second release, with plans underway to expand to other mobile platforms and expand functionality to further cater to consumer's specific dietary needs. "This as a premium tool for those that really care about what's in their food," said Mr. Xavier.

About Beaver Creek Consulting:
Beaver Creek Consulting is your full service stop for custom App development. From concept to launch, you'll have your App done right, on today's hottest platforms - iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, and Palm.

Device Requirements:
* Compatible with iPhone
* Requires iPhone OS 3.1 or later
* 0.6 MB

Pricing and Availability:
FoodEssentials Scanner 2.0 is $4.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Healthcare & Fitness category.

The FoodEssentials Scanner was born of a partnership between FoodEssentials and Beaver Creek Consulting. The FoodEssentials Food Label Database is the most comprehensive in existence and is used by grocery retailers, government agencies and anyone serious about food label data. FoodEssentials also provides dynamic Health and Wellness tools to grocery retailers across the USA. Copyright (C) 2010 FoodEssentials. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.


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