Israeli invents device that can test pesticide residues on food in real time
Published: May 27, 2019
Category: Glyphosate Controversy, The Organic & Non-GMO Report Newsletter
Imagine locating pesticide residues instantaneously, with a simple device.
Food advocate Avner Avidan has created a hand-held device to do just that. Alarmed by the amount of invisible contaminants in food, Avidan developed a system for food manufacturers, farmers, and retailers.
In 2016, he and Yair Moneta founded Inspecto after researching at The Kitchen Food/Tech Hub in Ashdod. Inspecto’s system can detect contamination in real time, in the field, or on the production line. A sample is placed in a disposable capsule, then inserted into a device resembling a coffeemaker—within minutes, the measured level of contaminant appears.
“Using our system will save on cost and turnaround time [involved in] sending samples to certified labs,” Avidan said. Inspecto is engaged in pilot projects and hopes to go to field beta testing later this year.
Test results are stored in the cloud, allowing retailers to accept or reject shipments based on results.
Investors contributing to a total of $1.7 million include The EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program, The Kitchen, and the Israel Innovation Authority. Another Israeli company is developing a technology for detecting bacterial contamination from E. coli and Salmonella.
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