New Method of Testing Food for Contaminant with Real-time Results

FoodTech startup Inspecto Ltd. Has introduced a new device that detects chemical contamination in food, in real-time. The portable scanner can detect contaminants at concentration levels required by regulators, guaranteeing traceability and transparency.

Inspecto’s device brings lab testing to the farmers, food manufactures, and retailers without time-consuming, high-cost lab testing.

“Our solution helps make food safer and cleaner, and ensures maximum transparency. We are already engaged in pilot projects with leading food companies wanting to take product safety assurance and traceability to the next level,” says Avner Avidan, CEO of Inspecto.

The next-gen inspection system scans the product or the crop and identifies contaminants according to specific requirements of the client. A sample is placed in a disposable capsule for detection, inserted into the device, and then activated. 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 in 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.

“Since each scan is conducted in real-time and the results are stored on the cloud, Inspecto can offer additional services to our customers that, until now, were impossible for them to implement. For example, it enables our customers to approve or reject a shipment on the spot based on the results, and they can even use blockchain to store their information more securely,” explains Avidan.

“We developed a portable device to ensure the safety of the product ‘from farm-to-fork’ and help food manufacture control their entire supply chains. It can disrupt the entire way contaminants are currently being tested, reducing the risk of recalls, food waste, and potential lawsuits,” says Yair Moneta, VP of Business Development for Inspecto.

The Inspecto device can be tuned to identify almost any chemical contaminant, in any product, liquid or solid. “The advantage of Inspecto is the ability to identify and magnify the unique spectral fingerprint of each contaminant. Moreover, you can conduct multiple scans per day without waiting for the results or paying exorbitant lab costs,” added Moneta.

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