NG Sensors are pleased to announce the success of Horizon 2020 SME instrument phase 1 funding for the project 'Handheld Molecular Contaminant Screener - HMCS', a portable mass spectrometer for agro and food applications.
There is an ever-increasing need for real time detection for risk related substances (e.g. pesticides, bacteria and antibiotics) in agro and food products. Food quality, food frauds and food scandals are becoming a major issue these days. Prime examples of recent food disasters are the Fipronil Dutch egg scandal and Salmonella French baby milk scandal. These scandals have not only resulted in health effects but also resulted in massive economic losses, losses in jobs and damage of the reputation of the European agro and food industry which takes pride in being the best in the world.
Current high-end screening methods are laboratory based which are time consuming and expensive (€200 per hour of testing cost at central labs). By the time results are out, food is already in the processing stage or in the supermarkets. We propose real time detection of risk related substance using handheld molecular contaminant screener (HMCS) based on a novel portable mass spectrometry technology. With HMCS rather than bringing the sample to the lab you bring the lab to the sample. HMCS enables food companies to test food or food products for contaminants before collecting food from the farms and at various stages of the food value chain
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 854670