A new Vancouver-made app will let users access restaurant health inspections from their phones.
The FoodSpect app takes publicly available data from online and spits it out into an easy-to-navigate user interface.
Co-founder Earl Buchan says when his business partner brought the idea to him it “hit on some personal notes, you know those moments when you’re dying to get off the toilet but you can’t… you’ve eaten something you wanted to eat and it didn’t agree with you (and your stomach) and now you feel betrayed.”
Buchan says his partner Jost was at a conference where he undertook an open data challenge.
The app will draw from data that’s already publicly available, but crunch it into your smartphone to be more accessible.
“The information is out there but for the average person, myself included,” Buchan said “its gonna take a couple of hours to sleuth through and find this stuff.”
He says users can customize the app to create their own favourites that can be checked back in on with ease.
Users will have access to health inspection data like Food Sources & Protection, Temperatures, Equipment, Utensils and Cleaning, and ratings on Employees.
The app will be available from both the iTunes and Google Play stores.