At one time or another, just about everyone on planet Earth has eaten something that should have never been consumed. We, on a dare, ate ants with no ill effects. Wish we could say the same about the dog treat, which caused us rather pronounced gastric distress. But that’s for another post…
Anyway, there’s a gadget now available that can actually scan food and determine if it’s still OK or if it should be relegated to the compost bin. The gadget is called Peres, and its designers bill it as “the world’s first portable electronic nose.” You can use it on pork, beef, chicken and fish to test for freshness by holding the device close to the protein source and pressing a button. Voila. The onboard sensors test for ammonia, temperature, humidity and volatile organic compounds. Of course you can also take a whiff yourself, but Peres’ readings add a bit of science and wonder to the process. Via Bluetooth, the readings are sent to a mobile app (of course), “which will then display detailed results, complete with recommendations about the product’s safety,” says http://www.coolthings.com/peres-scanner/.
Another write-up at http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/2014/05/24/peres-enose-rotten-meat-food-safety/9474837/ tells us that a green light on the mobile device says go ahead and nosh; a yellow light says be careful; and the red light says yucky and dangerous.
“Peres is currently running an Indiegogo campaign to fund a retail version of the remarkable little machine, which will retail in the $100 range. At the moment, it’s already surpassed its funding goal, and is racking up early pre-orders by people who want to be a little bit more certain about the safety of their food. And with an estimated76 million cases of foodborne illness resulting in some 5,000 deaths in the United States every year, that’s definitely a smart move.”