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Allergies and Food identification System for EAN Code using Translator Function Disclosure Number: IPCOM000219478D
Publication Date: 2012-Jul-03
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Disclosed is a system to identify allergens in food products. It uses EAN barcodes, widespread in Europe, along with translator function to inform users of potential allergens.

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Each year, millions of people all over the world have allergic reactions to food. Although most food allergies cause relatively mild and minor symptoms, some food allergies can cause severe reactions and can even be life-threatening. There is no cure for food allergies. Strict avoidance of food allergens and early recognition and management of allergic reactions to food are important measures to prevent serious health consequences. It is easier to use existing UPC barcodes in the United States to automatically warn customers of potential allergens when buying food products. However, this becomes extremely difficult when travelling outside the continental US when other systems are in use like EAN barcodes in Europe. This becomes extremely difficult when regional languages are used for listing product ingredients on the packaging. The following disclosure describes a database/apps architecture for achieving the same.

    There are several existing apps available for iPhone* and Android** mobile operating systems which scan the food items you purchase and compares the bar code with highlights and warns users of allergens. However, while performing a detailed search, it does seem there is no integrated system coupled with payment options. Moreover, an integrated system coupled with language translator and payment options does not exist for countries using EAN labels.

    As shown in the above figure, a single device could be used by multiple users with individual allerge...