What is FoodTrack?
FoodTrack is a comprehensive food and nutrient database developed by the Heart Foundation in conjunction with the CSIRO. It supports the collection and monitoring of nutrition and product data for foods and beverages in Australian supermarkets.
The database contains highly accurate product data from fresh and packaged foods in major Australian supermarkets such as product descriptors (category, manufacturer, pack size), nutrition panel (NIP) information, ingredient lists, front-of-pack labels, images of the product and other relevant information, including multipacks and products with multiple NIPs.
Our dietitians and nutritionists have collected data using FoodTrack since 2014, and update the data on an annual basis, including new products.
The FoodTrack platform comprises three key components:
- An intelligent smartphone application (app) to collect data
- A cloud-based database
- A web-portal to access and audit the data collected
FoodTrack fast facts
|Details of 13,000+ products collected annually on a rolling basis with new products captured and existing products updated||Covers 80+ food and beverage categories in major Australian supermarkets||A nationally representative sample of 90% of market within each category based on collection in major metropolitan Victorian supermarkets|
|Efficiency: data processing time has more than halved compared to the previous model||Accuracy: category error rates have improved from 3% to 1%||Sustainable: significant reductions in data entry time and costs have made it affordable to employ qualified field officers, and maintain annual data collection|
The Health Star Rating System rates the overall nutritional profile of a food, from half a star to 5 stars. It gives you a simple way to compare similarly packaged foods and make an informed choice.
The Health Star Rating System is a voluntary self-regulated front-of-pack labelling scheme developed by the Australian, state and territory governments, working with industry, public health and consumer groups.
Since its launch in 2014, the importance and relevance of FoodTrack has been immediate with the Heart Foundation, together with CSIRO, being engaged by the Federal Government to independently monitor the implementation of the voluntary front-of-pack labelling system – the Health Star Rating system, using the FoodTrack database.
INFOODS Success Story Award 2015
In 2015, FoodTrack received the INFOODS Success Stories Award for significant food composition achievements by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations.
Since its short existence, the development of FoodTrack and the applications the data collected using the FoodTrack platform have been presented at several national conferences. In May 2016, it will also be presented internationally in the U.S.A.
- National Nutrient Databank Conference: May 2016, Washington DC: FoodTrack; development of a novel Australian food and nutrient database
- Dietitians Association of Australia Conference: May 2016, Melbourne: A comparison of dairy milks and dairy milk alternatives in Australian supermarkets
- International Conference on Dietary Assessment Methods (ICDAM): September 2015, Brisbane: Development of a systematic Australian food composition database
- Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST) Conference, August 2015, Sydney: FoodTrackTM – a technology-assisted supermarket nutrition data collection system.