REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — FOOD sniffer is an innovative device that enables users to test beef, pork, poultry, and fish for freshness and quality.
It is the world’s first handheld, Bluetooth-enabled “electronic nose” that connects with iOS- and Android-powered tablets and smartphones. It works by sampling the air near the meat or fish and analyzing the sample using a different algorithm based upon whether the product is beef, poultry, pork or fish.
After extensive calculations in the cloud, the FOOD sniffer returns one of three possible results: fresh, cook well, or spoiled. Independent laboratory testing indicates that FOOD sniffer’s results are 80 percent to 95 percent accurate.
The FOOD sniffer is particularly valuable because many of the volatile organic compounds emitted by spoiling food are odorless. As a result, meat and fish can be unsafe to eat, but still look and smell okay.
“FOOD sniffer can detect the earliest signs of spoilage and tell you if your food is fresh, hazardous to your health, a risk for food poisoning, or has been left unrefrigerated for too long,” say the product’s development team.
According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average American family of four throws away more than $2000 worth of food every year because it spoils before it can be eaten.
“Because meat and fish are the most expensive items on our grocery list, we should welcome a device like FOOD sniffer that will help us tell whether they are still fresh enough to eat safely,” say the developers.