Global additives taxonomy

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How it works

This page contains the definition of the hierarchy of categories used in Open Food Facts.

The definition contains:

  • stopwords (words that can be ignored when matching category names)
  • word synonyms (words that can be exchanged when matching category names)
  • category synonyms (the synonyms are then matched also in other category names that contains those synonyms)

For more details, see Global taxonomies

Current status

  • Already live.
  • Last push to production:

Done

Issues

  • The French list treated all variants (i), (ii) etc. as one single additive entry.
  • The other list Additives taxonomy does the reverse: there is one entry for each variant (e.g. E101(i) ) but no entry for E101.

To do

  • Change the "EXXX Food Additive" to the correct name (at least in English)
    • Those are the additives that existed in the French list but not in the global list
  • Add more synonyms for each language other than French (synonyms can be found in the EU directives)
  • Then remove the English synonyms from the the French entries
  • There are some synonyms in (parenthesis) for some entries, they should be converted to a comma separated list. But all parenthesis are not synonyms, so be careful.


Properties to be added

vegetarian_level:
gmo_level:
risk_level:
family:
description:fr:
origin:fr:
risks:fr:
from_palm_oil:
efsa_authorized:
fda_authorized:
jecfa_authorized:
fsanz_authorized:

yes/no/unsure

Ruling bodies

  • Joint Food and Agricultural Organization/World Health Organization Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA)
  • European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
  • FSANZ
  • US FDA

Taxonomy definition

The taxonomy is now managed directly on GitHub: https://github.com/openfoodfacts/openfoodfacts-server/blob/master/taxonomies/additives.txt