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Food technology is booming.  Thus, I came across this innovative idea hitting the market.  It is called the Peres and it is designed to determine the freshness of pork, beef, chicken and fish wether the product is fresh, it is hazardous to your health or there is a risk of food poisoning.
The Peres is a portable “electronic nose”.  It detects freshness with a sensor and relays the information to a smart phone or tablet.  The device is held by the user over the food and four sensors in the Peres monitor temperature, humidity, ammonia and volatile organic compounds in the air around the food.  Once it has the data the information is fed back to the users smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth with its recommendations based on the freshness of the food.
The World Health Organisation (WHO), states that more than 200 diseases are spread through food and one out of three people living in industrialized countries may be affected by foodborne illness each year.  WHO also states that in the USA, 76 million cases of foodborne illness (resulting in 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,00 deaths) are estimated to occur each year.  The Food Standards Agency in the UK say that around 5.5 million people in the UK suffer from food poisoning each year and among these, 4.2 million believe that their illness was caused by food eaten outside their home.
The Peres was born from one of the creators experiencing food poisoning himself.  According to them, the Peres can detect over 100 different volatile organic compounds in food and many of these are indicators of whether or not the food is fresh and safe to eat.
If you are keen to ensure that you are providing yourself and your family with healthier foods and to consume only the freshest and best quality products on the market, maybe the Peres is right up your alley.