Portable handheld sensor to test for food allergens

The statistics of people with allergies to food is massive, with 32 million people across the US, including 5.6 million kids, suffering from a food-related allergy.

Among the most common food allergies are items including nuts, soy, dairy and gluten, but sometimes the food advisory given on packets often have misleading allergy warnings, making them untrustworthy in the eyes of allergic shoppers.

However a new device has been created that allows consumers to check for themselves and make sure the food is safe for them to eat and could be a complete game-changer for people with allergies, including those who are anaphylactic.

Israeli startup SensoGenic wants to help those afflicted by allergies with its portable, handheld sensor that can detect allergens in food, The Spoon website has revealed.

The device comes with single-use pads, on which a sample of food is placed. The sensor then analyses the sample using cellulose, which attaches to the potential allergen and allows for detection. The device gives an answer within three minutes on to a smart-phone with which it is synced.

Currently, SensoGenic is focused on detecting eggs and peanuts in food, but the device could be used to discover all kinds of allergens, such as soy, dairy and fish. It’s still in the research and development phase and is looking to go into mass release in 2022, with the US as its first market.

It could make dining out a new option for people affected by allergies. According to The Spoon article, the SensoGenic device itself will retail for $US199 with tests costing about 95 cents each.

Check out SonsoGenic here.

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