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Free app scans food label and gives a health rating

More than 1.7million people in France have downloaded an iPhone and Android app that scans food products’ barcodes and gives a health rating.

Called Yuka, it was developed by François Martin and others at after an opinion poll said 80% of people found food labels unreadable.

Based on Nutri-score government five-colour ratings and OpenFood­Facts database, it uses marks out of 100, giving 60% for nutritional quality, 30% for additives and 10% for organic.

Yuka is free. It raises income through a nutrition plan and donations.

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