I am looking to create an application and I was wondering if anybody knows of a database/web service which contains the ingredients of individual food products and associates these to some kind of product id? I can only imagine that this kind of database would exist somewhere but I'm at a loss to find one.



asked 01 Mar '11, 22:16

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If you get anywhere with this other than via GetTheData, will you please self-answer this question here as well? Thanks:-)

(05 Mar '11, 18:34) psychemedia ♦♦

The US FDA (Food and Drug Administration) may be a place to start - they appear to have lots of food/food additive related databases. In the UK, the equivalent agency is the Food Standards Agency.

Doing a bit of digging around regulations relating to food packaging might also lead to published sources of information regarding food products?

More generally, this curated list of food and nutrition internet resources from the University of Reading may turn up something?


answered 05 Mar '11, 18:33

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The Nutrient Data Laboratory in the US claims to "develop authoritative food composition databases and state of the art methods to acquire, evaluate, compile and disseminate composition data on foods and dietary supplements available in the United States". It is responsible for the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference.

[Discovered via the Relu Data Support Service. There may be other resources available from there...]


answered 27 Mar '11, 18:29

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The Food Standards Agency's Composition of Foods database might fit the bill.


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