ARS Lab Ltd, a company dedicated to creating products and solutions for the food sector, announced a handheld device and mobile app, which provides information about the freshness and quality of meat, poultry and fish to help prevent food poisoning and wastage.
Food-related illness is a global challenge. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that more than 200 diseases are spread through food1, and in the US it is estimated that there are 76 million cases of foodborne illness, resulting in 325,000 hospitalizations and 5,000 deaths, each year2.
ARS Lab Ltd noted that it developed PERES in conjunction with scientists from the Kaunas University of Technology in Lithuania, who together spent a year developing the prototype.
Augustas Alesiunas, CEO of ARS Lab, said, “We have worked with some of the best scientists and developers in the industry to create a working prototype, and are excited to continue developing the product so it can be made widely available later this year. We feel strongly that PERES would be an invaluable addition to any home and are extremely grateful for the support that the device is getting via the Indiegogo platform.”
To operate the device, users simply point it towards the food product and click a button; within a few seconds, they receive information on their smartphone or tablet about the product, including whether or not the product is fresh, whether it may have been left unrefrigerated, and whether there may be a risk of food poisoning.
Dr Darius Gailius, Doctor of Technology, PhD in Technical Sciences, at Kaunas University of Technology in Lithuania, said: “With an increasing focus on the quality of the food that we eat, and that we feed to our families, the time is right to enable the home user to take more control over their food choices. I am delighted to have been involved in developing PERES, and playing a part in helping people make these important food-related decisions.”