Researchers develop mini-spectrometer for food analysis via smartphones

GERMANY – In two years’, time, people might be able to quickly and easily assess the maturity or microbial decomposition of foods for human and animal consumption, or detect pollutants in water or foodstuffs via smartphones using a chip spectrometer currently being developed by researchers at Fraunhofer ENAS, an Institute for Electronic Nano Systems that develops smart integrated systems. Just like conventional infrared spectrometers, this spectrometer does this by emitting light beams in the infrared range. The light of different wavelengths is then fragmented using a tunable filter and conducted…

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European Commission launches EU protocols for food businesses

EUROPE – The European Commission, alongside industry stakeholders has officially launched the EU Code of Conduct on Responsible Food Business and Marketing Practices under the Commission’s Farm to Fork Strategy. On 26 January 2021, the Commission facilitated discussions amongst a wide variety of stakeholders in the food sector to design an EU Code of Conduct on responsible business and marketing practices as one of the first initiatives to be delivered under the Farm to Fork Strategy. The Farm to Fork Strategy is an integral part of the European Green Deal.…

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