The increasingly fragmented food ingredient industry faces the challenges of rampant adulteration, quality inconsistencies and taste inaccuracies. Detecting fraudulent ingredients, modifications and contamination is extremely difficult, with international food supply chains adding to the complexity. Current solutions such as laboratory analysis, track and trace, have met with limited success and can lack accuracy, or be costly, tedious or complex.
This technology being offered is a rapid food analyser built on an Internet of Things (IoT) platform and housed in a portable device. It uses advanced chemometrics, big data, artificial intelligence (AI) modelling and sensor technology to rapidly authenticate, identify adulteration and predict characteristics such as taste profiles—without destroying the sample.
This technology is available in a proprietary portable device that requires 5g of the sample food product to capture its metabolomic signatures. Then a proprietary algorithm based on a combination of chemometrics and AI analyses the food product at the molecular level in a non-destructive manner. It digitally matches the sample to an encrypted cloud-based database and identifies the quality, adulteration, geographic origins, and even taste profile of the food product.
In tests conducted, the device can accurately match and detect all the origins of raw coffee beans. It has also successfully graded and practiced quality control on raw cacao, and determined the quality and freshness of milk without chemical analysis.
The technology is applicable for:
The technology can be used by processors, wholesalers, manufacturers and quality assurance (QA) at any point in the supply chain and retrieve results in real-time. Some examples include:
Food contamination is estimated to cost the global food economy US$10-15 billion a year, and affects about 10% of all commercially sold food products, according to the Grocery Manufacturers Association.
In addition, this technology is suitable for the following industries that are on a growth path: