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In case of foodborne disease outbreaks, rapid identification of the causative food product is essential, since the medical and economic damages grow with the duration of the outbreak. Therefore and based on the experiences from recent foodborne disease outbreaks a free, open source software called FoodChain-Lab has been developed. It evolved from a supply chain data visualization and analysis tool into a comprehensive toolbox for data management, data enrichment, visualization, data analysis and interactive reasoning. FoodChain-Lab is applicable in food-or feed-borne disease outbreak investigations as well as in exposure assessment tasks related to feed or food supply chains. (C) 2016 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.