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How do I assign barcodes to recipes I create VacherinLtd — May 16, 2018 04:07AM PDT

I want an easier way for people to access and input the data from my recipe's nutritionals - to add to thier My Fitness Pal apps. Can I assign bar-codes to all the recipes I have created in My Fitness Pal? Also does My Fitness Pal provide bar-codes for each recipe that is created?
Please let me know.
Gary Baverstock - Nutritionist (VacherinLtd)

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Bruce MyFitnessPal Agent May 16, 2018 08:44AM PDT

Hi there,

Thank you for taking the time to contact us. You cannot add barcodes to created recipes, but we will definitely consider it for a future update. Thank you for the suggestion.

If you have food entries you’d like to add a barcode to, It’s definitely possible to teach our database to connect a UPC symbol to any food item in the database. You will need to provide the barcodes for new items yourself.

In our latest Android, iPhone, and iPads apps, if you scan a barcode that is unknown, you will be given the option to create a public entry in our database for the missing food item. After entering all of the nutrition data, that public entry will be linked to the barcode you scanned.

If you are scanning a barcode with older versions of our software that do not offer the option to create a public food immediately after scanning, then the first step is to add the food item in question, to the main database first, and to make the food item available to all users. This can only be done on our website at If you have created a food item in the app, separate from the process of scanning the barcode and being asked to create a public food to link with it, you have only added the item to your personal database, not the main database. You will need to go online and enter the item in again and then elect to share it with the main database.

To do this, log into the “member’s log in” area online at (use the same username and password as you do with the app) and click the “Food” tab, then click “My Foods” in the sub-tabs.

Click “Create New Foods” and fill in the data on the next two screens. If a user has already entered the food you’re creating, you may be prompted to confirm an existing food item to avoid creating duplicates.

If you do create a new food, be sure to check the box at the bottom of the second screen, next to Yes, let other MyFitnessPal members use this food. This will make the food item “public” and allow all users to find it when searching our database.

Once the food item is in our database and set to “public,” you may scan the UPC symbol for that food using your mobile device. The app may find that the UPC symbol is already connected to a food item. If this is the wrong food item, scroll down and tap the “Find a Better Match” button. Then you may type the name of the food item to perform a search of our database, and link the UPC code to that item. If the UPC code is not already connected to a food item, you should be taken directly to a search area where you may search for the food that belongs to the UPC code.

Hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any other questions or feedback.


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VacherinLtd Jun 06, 2018 12:51AM PDT

Hi Bruce.
Thanks for the lengthy reply, all the info is really useful. Just to clarify, can I create a barcode using a barcode generator and assign it to an existing recipe that I have, or do I need to create a new recipe after I have scanned the barcode?
Gary Baverstock

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Bruce MyFitnessPal Agent Jun 06, 2018 08:26AM PDT

Thanks for getting back to us. When you scan a new barcode that is not in our system, it will display a message that an entry could not be found and give the option to create a new food item or search the public database. So if you have already created a new food item that was shared to the public database, you can search for that item here, add it to your diary, and the barcode will then be attached to it.

All the best,

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VacherinLtd Jun 07, 2018 05:04AM PDT

Thanks Bruce.

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