SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (REUTERS) – The menu says its gluten free but is it really? It’s a question that people with debilitating food allergies face every time they eat. A California startup has developed a portable technology that will allow consumers to test their food for gluten on the go.
Designed in San Francisco by a team from MIT, Stanford, Google and Nike, NIMA can analyze any type of food or beverage for gluten down to 20 parts per million, the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) classification for gluten free products.
“There is still cross contamination, there is miscommunication, you just never know,” Yates added.
Users of the device are instructed to fill a disposable cartridge with a pea-sized sample of food and then load it into the device, which is about half the size of a smartphone.
To date, the company has raised $14 million in total with the help of a $9.2 million Series A round of venture capital funding earlier this year.
The funding, Yates said, will drive the company’s next generation sensor, which consumers will be able to purchase as soon as 2017 if they want to detect milk and peanut allergens in their food as well.
Yates is launching an iPhone application to complement the device, allowing users to share their results.