Inspecto hooks food contamination with real-time results
FoodTech startup Inspecto has introduced 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.
Inspecto’s device solution is fast, accurate and affordable, bringing lab testing to the farmers, food manufactures, and retailers without using a time-consuming, high-cost lab. Users can tailor the contaminant testing to their needs and location.
“Our solution helps make food safer and cleaner, and ensures maximum transparency,” said Avner Avidan, CEO of Inspecto. “We already are engaged in pilot projects with food companies wanting to take product safety assurance and traceability to the next level.”
The inspection system scans the product or crop and identifies contaminants according to requirements set by the client. A sample is placed in a disposable capsule for detection, inserted into the device, and then activated with a press of a button. It scans the sample and processes it 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 the cloud, recorded and analysed in real time.
“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,” said Avidan. “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.”
“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,” said Yair Moneta, vice president of business development for Inspecto. “It can disrupt the entire way contaminants are currently being tested, reducing the risk of recalls, food waste, and potential lawsuits.”
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,” added Moneta. “Moreover, you can conduct multiple scans per day without waiting for the results or paying exorbitant lab costs.”
Inspecto was established in 2016 with the aim of revolutionising the food industry by taking food contaminant testing out of the lab. Reports on the discovery of high levels of contaminants in vegetables inspired the co-founders to seek a comprehensive, fast solution for detecting contaminants.