FoodSwitch UK

Version: 2.8 | Cost: Entirely Free

Level 2 - General Health
Country: AU
Category: Diet and Weight Loss
Released: 10/02/2014
Updated: 05/12/2019
Version: 2.8
Size: 89mb
Developer: The George Institute for Global Health
Reviewed On: 25/02/2020
This App achieved an ORCHA score of 73%.

It was assessed as a Level 2 App. These apps are focused on general health. They may collect data and they may have a number of more advanced features. Where they collect data we assess their data use policies and compliance with relevant standards. Because they are health focused we also assess their compliance in the Clinical Effectiveness as well as the User Experience domains.

This App does collect data and it is therefore assessed and scored based on its performance in all the sections of our review.

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Developer description
Packaged foods can be surprisingly high in salt, saturated fat, added sugar and kilojoules/calories. FoodSwitch has a database of packaged foods to help you identify those that are better for you. In three simple steps, FoodSwitch can help you towards better health by reducing the salt, fat and sugar in your diet: 1. Scan barcodes of packaged foods with your camera; 2. See simple nutrition information on the food you’ve scanned; 3. See similar foods that are healthier based on established nutrition criteria. 4. Identify Vegetarian products easily. 5. Compare up to 10 similar products at a time FoodSwitch comes with handy filters to suit different health needs: - FoodSwitch Classic is for anyone looking to make generally healthier food choices. - SaltSwitch has been designed to help people lower their salt intake and is great for people with, or being treated for, high blood pressure. - FatSwitch has been designed to help people with, or being treated for, high cholesterol - EnergySwitch can help people choose foods lower in kilojoules/calories - SugarSwitch helps people choose healthier foods with less total sugar Features: - You can view the nutrition information in two modes: 1. Traffic Light Labels – if a product is low (green), medium (amber) or high (red) for salt, sugar, fat and saturated fat; 2. Health Star Ratings – shows the overall healthiness of a product from 0.5 to 5 stars; the higher the star rating, the healthier the food. - Save your healthy favourites on personalised lists. - Help us track the food supply by sending us pictures of new foods. Download the app today and find out for yourself why respected health organisations around the world like FoodSwitch! FoodSwitch is owned and operated by The George Institute for Global Health. The UK version of FoodSwitch is a collaboration between Consensus Action on Salt, Sugar & Health (CASSH) and The George Institute for Global Health. For more information about FoodSwitch and answers to commonly asked questions, visit
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We have identified that this App provides the following key features

General Information
The App provides general information or guidance

This review area looks at what information an App collects from users, what it does with that information and how secure is its handling of that data. For some Apps this is only a minor issue as they don’t gather much information. Other Apps can gather lots of very personal and sensitive information and for these it is important to know how they go about handling this.

Data Collection

The data collected about users isn't capable of identifying that it relates to you

The type of data that it collects isn't classified as sensitive data.

Data Use

The App does state that it won't share user data in any way with other people without the user's consent.

The App doesn't allow users to share information in the App with other Apps, systems, organisations or users.

Data Security

The App does encrypt the information it collects to make it safe from other people as it is transferred from the App.

The App does encrypt the information it collects to make it safe from other people as it is retained by the the developer.


This review area looks at what evidence there is that there is a suitably qualified professional or organisation behind the App or that it has been endorsed, accredited or underwritten by such an individual or organisation. It also assesses what evidence there is around user testing and what evidence there is that supports the effectiveness of the App in terms of claimed health benefits. The higher the Level of the App and the more sophisticated its functions, the more crucial this becomes.

Professional Assurance

It was clear from our review that a suitably qualified professional or organisation was involved in the Apps development.

It wasn't clear from our review how regularly the advice and guidance given by the App was reviewed and updated by relevant professionals.


This Review Area looks at how an App has been designed to support the overall user experience. This includes its availability on both primary platforms, how customisable the App is, how well it caters for end users with different capabilities and needs – such as visual or other impairments – how content is managed, how well supported the App is and what it costs. This area also looks at overall User Review scores from both platforms.


It wasn'tclear from our review that the App had been through end user testing as part of its design and development.


The App does provide customisable features.

End user capacity

The App does provide support for users with poor sight.

The App does provide support for users with hearing difficulties.


The App doesn't appear to have a clear approach to dealing with user issues.


The App is entirely free to use.

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Any score below 65% would indicate that an App has some issues that users should investigate further prior to using this App.

Scores below 45% indicate that an App has considerable issues or challenges and in its current form is potentially unhelpful or unsafe.

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