A new gadget, Peres, is able to “smell” meat and detect if it not fit for consumption. The sensors in Peres can detect over 100 different organic compounds in food, many of which are strong indicators of whether or not it is safe to eat. It works with beef, pork, chicken and fish.
The devise itself is roughly the size of a remote control and uses Bluetooth technology to link with a smart phone. It will operate on both Android and iOS platforms.
When waved over the questionable meat, the Peres sends the information to the phone which is viewable in an “easy to read” color graph. If the color is green, it’s safe to eat. When yellow, the meat should be eaten with caution. When red, the consumer should discard the meat as it is unsafe.
Funds were raised through Indiegogo.com and the target was reached last week. This means it could become available as soon as mid-July.
According to the World Health Organization, 76 million cases of foodborne illness (resulting in 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths) are estimated to occur each year in the United States.