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A company is developing a portable gluten test device that would indicate if the food contained any gluten over the FDA standard of 20 ppm or more.
Celiac.com 06/26/2014 - Imagine being able to go to a party, or a restaurant, and test any food on your plate for gluten.
A company called 6SensorLabs is developing a gluten sensor based on existing protein sensing technology that is already commercially available and proven to work. The company is looking to design a gluten test that can be used with all types of food.
The portable test would work by placing a sample of food would be placed in a disposable pod and placing the pod in a sensor.
Once activated, the device would tell you, in two minutes or less, if the food sample contained any gluten over the FDA standard of 20 ppm gluten or more.
The sensor could also be used to detect gluten in any packaged foods.
The sensor is designed to test a specific section of food on your plate, or a sauce, soup or liquid. It would not be able to detect traces of gluten that might be hiding somewhere else on your plate.
While the product would have its limits in this respect, it would give users the ability to detect gluten in many cases.
Would you want such a tool? Would it be helpful for you?