Frequently Asked Questions
What is the current version of the app?
The current version of the app is 3.39 for iOS and 2.6 for Android
How many products do you have listed in the app?
Our database currently has just over 77,000 products as of 12.08.2019 and we are continuing to add between 100-500 products per day on average.
How accurate is the data in the app?
We carefully research every ingredient in all of the products in our database to ensure accuracy. We are human though, so if you think you have found an error, please contact us so we can look at updating our database if needed.
What countries will the app scan products from?
At present, our app will scan products available for sale in Australia, New Zealand, United States and United Kingdom. We will be expanding the app in the future to include products sold in other countries.
How do you determine the vegan status of a product?
When we first started developing this app, we thought that this was an easy answer. What we have learnt is that the answer to what is considered vegan is far more complicated. We have seen a lot of different interpretations as to what some consider to be vegan. We have also learnt that regardless of what definition we go with, it will be met with both agreement and disagreement.
There has been a number of scenarios that have arisen lately that have forced us to think about how we define a vegan status for a product. After much thought and consideration, we have decided to go with the following:
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1. The product contains no animal ingredients.
2. No animal derived ingredients have been used in the manufacturing or production process. For example, using gelatine to filter apple juice for clarity would be considered NOT VEGAN. Please note that with a product that contains a small amount of a product such as apple juice, it may not be possible for us to verify if that apple juice was filtered using gelatine as most manufacturers would have multiple suppliers and it just isn't always possible to go that far back in the manufacturing process. We would still list that product as vegan if it met all other criteria, unless for example, we were able to confirm that gelatine was used to filter the juice. This would be the same for products that contain small amounts of other ingredients that could be filtered or processed with animal derived ingredients.
3. The product or any ingredients in the product have not been tested on animals. This is not as simple as we once thought it was. At some stage in history, we strongly suspect that just about every ingredient used in food, health, beauty, cleaning, stationary products and so on has most likely been tested on animals by someone. We have to have a line somewhere, otherwise there is just chaos and confusion. Our line is that if the manufacturer has either directly tested or been willingly compliant in testing any of the ingredients of the product or of the whole product itself then the product is NOT VEGAN. For example, selling beauty products in China when the manufacturer would know that under Chinese law, the government is going to test their product on animals would be considered willingly compliant in animal testing and NOT VEGAN. The same would apply if a manufacturer paid a third party to do animal testing for them. The animal testing rule will apply to the specific product and not the company as a whole. This means that if a particular product was tested on animals but another product by the same manufacturer was not, then we may still consider the product that was not tested as vegan. Products that have been available for a long time and may have been tested in the distant past but have not been tested in recent times will be assessed on a case by case basis.
4. In regards to animal ingredients being used in pre-harvest processes, such as fertiliser, we have determined that it is currently not feasible to accurately verify this for all or even most products, as most manufacturers would source their plant based ingredients from multiple sources, which can often equate to hundreds of different farms just for one ingredient in one product. To properly determine this, there would need to be in place something similar to RSPO certification for palm oil or Fair Trade for chocolate. This is certainly not something we would have any capacity to establish or even the inclination to do, as it is far outside our business model as vegan app developers. There are readily available vegan friendly fertilisers available and in instances where we are able to verify the use of fully vegan fertilisers, we will add this information to the product information page in our app. If we are able to determine that animal ingredients have been used in the pre-harvest process, such as with Biodynamic farming, we will list those products as NOT VEGAN. Going back further into pre-harvest processes, such as land clearing, is also not currently feasible for most products. The reality is that every single parcel of land being used to grow agricultural products for human consumption has most likely been cleared and with that clearing the loss of habitat or even death for any number of animals.
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We will use this status for any or all of the following scenarios:
1. We have not yet been able to verify the vegan status of the product.
2. We have been able to partially verify the vegan status, ie we know there is no animal ingredients, but we have concerns about whether the product has been tested on animals or not.
3. Other instances where we are not comfortable in putting the status as either vegan or not vegan.
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1. The product contains any animal derived ingredients, regardless of the amount in the product.
2. The product is or has been tested on animals. Products that have been available for a long time and may have been tested in the distant past but have not been tested in recent times will be assessed on a case by case basis.
3. Other factors that we have determined warrant a NOT VEGAN status for the product.
Remember, that we always list an explanation along with the vegan status as to why we consider that product a particular status. Some app users will be happy to go on our recommendation as to whether a product is vegan or not and that is great. Other app users may choose to make their own determination based on the information we have provided, and that is fine too. Remember our app is a guide and not the law. Each app user can make their own decisions on how to interpret the information in our app to suite their own ethical beliefs.
What is your stance on palm oil?
As palm oil itself is considered vegan, we do not take into account palm oil when determining the vegan status of a product. However, we do understand that some people may have issues with palm oil due to environmental and ethical factors. We do support the use of RSPO certified sustainable palm oil and we have done a blog post which details our views on palm oil.
What is the ethical and allergen status for a product mean?
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1. The allergen and or ethical status of a product, menu item or ingredient will NOT have any bearing on the VEGAN status of the product, menu item or ingredient.
2. Whilst we take great care to provide accurate information about the allergen and ethical status of a product, menu item or ingredient, The Fussy Vegan (ABN 56 725484 185) will not be held liable for inaccurate allergen information provided in the app and any potential health issues arising from anyone having an allergic reaction from a product, menu item or ingredient listed as allergen free in our app database.
3. Palm oil is vegan. Full stop. Some people may have ethical issues with palm oil and wish to avoid it, thus us including it in this feature, but all major vegan certification organisations, including Vegan Australia, PETA and The Vegan Society consider palm oil to be vegan as do we. Whilst there is no legal definition of the term vegan in Australia, it is important for there to be consistency in what is regarded as vegan, and we try and align our vegan definitions based on what the above Vegan certifying organisations classify as vegan.
4. In regards to GMO, we will be using the same criteria as Food Standards Australia in regards to GMO labelling. What this means is that there may still be small amounts of a GMO ingredient in a product, menu item or ingredient that we have listed as GMO free. Please visit the Food Standards Australia website for more information on how GMO products need to be labelled in Australia.
5. For the purposes of Gluten, Soy and Nuts, we will be using the same criteria as Food Standards Australia in regards to allergen labelling. Please visit the Food Standards Australia website for more information on allergen labelling.
6. Even though peanuts and tree nuts are considered seperate allergies, for the purpose of our apps, we have combined them into the one icon for simplification. If you are allergic to one or the other and you see a product, menu item or ingredient listed as containing nuts on our apps, then you will need to follow up with reading the ingredient label on the product (or the ingredients list on the product information page within the app if available) to clarify what type of nut is in the product, menu item or ingredient.
7. IMPORTANT - We will list a product, menu item or ingredient as not containing an allergen if that allergen is not an actual ingredient in the product. What this means is that a product may be listed as “gluten free” in our app database, but that product may still be made on the same production line as products containing gluten. If you have a severe allergy, we would recommend doing your own research into the product to check if it meets your individual needs.
8. Whilst there are other declared allergens, at this time we have chosen to cover the most common ones. Remember, the main focus of our apps is to advise you if a product, menu item or ingredient is vegan or not. The allergen and ethical status icons is something we have decided to start adding based on feedback from app users. We just wanted to make that clear to avoid confusion with anyone thinking that our apps are allergen apps.
What is the Animal Testing Status for a company mean?
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This company does not do any animal testing and does not request any animal testing to be completed on its behalf. This includes not being willingly compliant with having their product tested by third parties, such as government animal testing in China.
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We have not been able to ascertain if this company does any animal testing.
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This company does not do any animal testing, but may use ingredients that are sourced from third party suppliers that do animal testing.
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This company still does animal testing, and or requests third parties to do animal testing or is willingly compliant in third parties testing their products on animals. An example would be a company that chooses to sell beauty products in China, knowing that under current Chinese law, that product will be tested on animals. There are many companies that choose not to sell their beauty products in countries that require animal testing.
Why did I see a product listing in your app that was listed as VEGAN, but the company animal testing status was DOES ANIMAL TESTING?
We explain this in detail above under the vegan status explanations. To summarise, the vegan status of a product is based on the individual product, not the company as a whole. Those that choose not to purchase any product from a company that still does animal testing can use the Animal Testing Status to provide them the information they need to make an informed decision based on their own ethical beliefs.
Why do you not use the term cruelty free?
The term cruelty free is generally used as a label for products that do not test on animals. Whether that product contains any animal derived ingredients is not a factor in determining if a product is cruelty free. Our stance is that a product cannot truly be cruelty free if animal ingredients are used, thus we do not use the cruelty free label in our apps.


Please find a description of each section of the Fussy Vegan Scanner app below. Any features that are only applicable to a particular version (iOS or Android) will be stated for each section. Please read through this page before emailing any support requests to us to see if we have already covered your enquiry below. If your enquiry is not covered by the information on this page, please email us or iMessage us (iOS version only) and we will respond to your request, usually within a few hours.
* Please note that the screenshot examples shown here are from the iOS version. The functions are identical in the Android version of the app unless otherwise stated. Depending upon your Android device, the screenshots shown here may not match identically to the app screens on your device.
Product Search
The app opens directly to Scan page by default.
Simply position the yellow rectangle over the barcode of a product to scan.
You can also manually search for a product tapping on the search icon and then entering any of the following in the search bar: product name, brand name, barcode or manufacturer name.
You can also tap on one of the icons at the bottom of the screen to choose another option.
If no product is found that matches your scan or manual input, then the search results page will show that zero results were found. If you are scanning a product, you will know if the app scanned the product correctly if the search results page appears, even if nothing is listed. If the app did not scan the product, then the app will stay on the scan page.
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Product Details
The product details page will display relevant information about the product to enable you to make an informed decision in regards to purchasing that product. This image is for the iOS version and the Android version may look different but has all of the same information.
You can also save the product to your favorites list by tapping the green star at the top right of the screen.
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You can view all of the products that you have saved to your favorites list here. You can delete any products from your favorites list by tapping the edit button or by left swiping an entry.
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More Options
Tap on the three dots to view more options. The Android version may have different options.
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Latest News and Updates (iOS version only)
Tap here to check out the latest news and updates.
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Featured Products (iOS version only)
Search for menu items and ingredients at major fast food chains. The search function works exactly the same as the product search.
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Vegan Product Guide Australia (iOS version only)
You can easily browse through our curated lists of vegan products without having to search manually.
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Brings you directly to our Blog page.
The About page shows information about the app, including the version of the app.
App Support
Brings you directly to this app support page.
Privacy Policy
Brings you to our privacy policy on our website.
Additional Features (iOS Version only)
You can capture a screenshot directly from within the app by simply tapping on the camera icon. The camera icon can be found in the top right corner, as per the below image. You can also contact us directly for app support via iMessage by tapping on the message icon located in the top right corner.
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