It is estimated that 15 million people in America have a food allergy or food sensitivity. Gluten is one of the most common food allergies and sensitivities. Going out to eat or grocery shopping can be difficult for someone who has a gluten sensitivity. Fortunately, a company in San Francisco has developed a product that can test for gluten in food products.
The product’s name is NIMA. It can detect gluten in a food or beverage in less than two minutes. Shireen Yates is the co-founder of NIMA. She has stated that going out to eat can be a game of Russian Roulette for someone who has a gluten sensitivity. Even if the food or beverage has been labeled gluten-free, there is still a risk of cross-contamination.
The NIMA device is about the size of a smart phone. You will have to insert a sample of the food or beverage into device. If there is not any gluten in the product, then a happy face will be displayed. The NIMA device will display the words “gluten-found” if there is gluten inside of the product. It will also display a wheat icon.
Shireen has stated that the company plans on developing more generation sensor products in the future. In 2017, they will be releasing a product that will detect the presence of milk and peanuts in foods and beverages.