The App Review: CDC, Can I Eat This?

June 10, 2015

Each week we review a food related app. This week it’s CDC, Can I Eat This? – find out what The Lempert Report thought.

What it says it does: Montezuma’s revenge, Delhi belly, or travelers’ diarrhea—whatever you call it, an illness from unclean food or water can ruin your international trip. Select the country you’re in and answer a few simple questions about what you’re thinking about eating or drinking, and Can I Eat This? will tell you whether it’s likely to be safe and you can be more confident that your food and drink choices won’t make you spend your international trip in the bathroom.

What it actually does:Traveling overseas and not sure what you should eat? Use the CDC’s Can I Eat This app to help you make a more informed choice. First select the country you’re visiting, then the app will ask you a few simple questions about what you’re considering eating or drinking, where you bought it, and what kind of packaging - if any it’s in. The app will then tell you if the food or drink is probably OK to drink, probably not OK, or something in between… in which case, according to the CDC, you’ll be ingesting it at your own risk. What’s really great is that you can access recommendations offline -no data connection needed.

How useful is the information for target audience?: The app is great for traveling, and provides useful information so you can make informed decisions when traveling. You’ll even have a good explanation as to why you shouldn’t eat a certain food.

Ease of use: The app is easy to use and can be accessed without an internet connection.

Who would best benefit from the app?: Anyone traveling out of the country would benefit from the app if they want to enjoy their trip stomach bug free!

Cost: Free
Rating: 97/100
Visual: 14 (1-15)
Usability: 15 (1-15)
Content: 23 (1-25)
Usefulness: 25 (1-25)
Value: 10 (1- 10)
Options: 10 (1- 10)

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