Food free of contamination exits only a perfect world. The world that we live in is not so perfect, so we need to look out for contaminants! How do we do that without shelling out too much money or time?! Enter Inspecto! Inspect on to find the future tech to detect contamination of food in real time.
Food contamination is a major concern across the world. It gives us cause for concerns about chemical contamination in food when it is spoiled by chemicals during any or all of the phases; Food processing, packaging, transportation, and storage. But not anymore. The gadget Inspecto is going to make our life easy by helping us detect the chemicals in real time.
The food can get contaminated with chemicals at every stage; from seeds to our plate. It is indeed a mean task to detect them. It could be contaminated with industrial chemicals like detergents and sanitizers. It just does not stop there. Agricultural chemicals like herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers are also harmful! While meat can be contaminated with major types of veterinary drugs like antibiotics, anthelmintics, coccidiostats, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, sedatives, corticosteroids, and anabolic hormones and the list goes on.
To add-on to our woes, there are some naturally occurring chemicals too! Toxic metals arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury are naturally occurring chemical compounds. Metals can also occur as residues in food because of their presence in the environment. Their accumulation in the body can lead to harmful effects over time
Technology Till Date
Methods which are mainly used to detect chemicals in food are Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometry, Spectrofluorimetry, Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry. In recent years, analytical techniques and instrumentation to determine concentrations of chemicals in foods have been improved. Although this tech exits, it is very time consuming and expensive.
FoodTech startup Inspecto Ltd. from Tel Aviv, Israel, introduces a new device that detects chemical contamination in food in real-time. The portable scanner can detect contaminants at concentration levels as required by regulators, guaranteeing traceability and complete transparency.
The Inspecto solution is fast, accurate, affordable, and saves unnecessary costs. This high-tech solution offers the food industry the ability to tailor contaminant testing to their needs and location.
Easy-Peasy does it!
A sample is placed in a disposable capsule for detection, inserted into the device, and then activated with a simple press of a button. It scans the sample and processes it automatically within minutes, resulting in a reliable, quantified measurement of the selected contaminant. The scan can be conducted outdoors or indoors, anytime to ensure responsible sourcing. All results are stored on a cloud, recorded and analyzed in real time. This high-tech device fills the industry’s need to conduct more frequent testing at different points along the production line, with immediate results.
The Inspecto device can be tuned to identify almost any chemical contaminants, in any product, liquid or solid. The advantage of Inspecto is the ability to identify and magnify the unique spectral fingerprint of each contaminant. Thanks to Inspecto, we can dream to have chemical-free food!