Food safety in the palm of your hand

Ohio researchers are developing hand-held sensor technology that can detect subtle changes in chemical composition of food and grain samples, allowing more rapid detection of contaminants.The mini instrument, fitting into the palm of your hand, allows for real-time, field-based measurements to reliably detect potential food safety problems. The researchers now are developing miniaturized near-infrared sensors to detect compounds in soybeans.The new technology is helping assess product quality and safety quickly and on-site so producers can respond quickly to poor conditions and potentially harmful products. The work can help identify contaminated products earlier than ever before, reducing the incidence of foodborne illnesses.