The new device will provide users with the ability to check for authenticity in ingredients at the point of sampling, taking testing out of the lab and into the field.
The announcement of the food fraud busting tool comes as German company trinamiX and Northern Ireland-based Bia Analytical sign an agreement to collaborate.
trinamiX is a leading provider of mobile near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy solutions and works closely with partners from different fields to introduce ‘on-the-spot’ material analysis for “enhanced decision making”.
Bia Analytical meanwhile develops methods using chemometric modelling and AI applications to help reduce food business’ exposure to the risk of food fraud.
The device will be designed to provide immediate results, enabling real-time decision making. Users will be able to carry out tests with a handheld device that is connected to an app for speedy results, enabling them to detect the presence of food fraud.
Commenting on the partnership, trinamiX’s director IR sensing & spectroscopy solutions business, Christian Nitschke said: “We are thrilled to team up with Bia Analytical to unleash the full potential of mobile NIR spectroscopy in yet another exciting industry. Our partnership is a great example of how our leading handheld NIR technology and software ecosystem are paired with extensive industry know-how and market access to create a true impact.”
Currently, Bia Analytical is digitising its portfolio of lab-based herbs and spices authenticity methods to work on the trinamiX portable platform. The hope is that this combination of know-how between the duo will provide the sector with a significant tech disrupter in the fight against fraudulent activity.