Handheld sensor ‘sniffs’ fish to determine if it’s what you ordered

fishScientists at the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science have developed a handheld sensor capable of debunking fraudulent seafood species claims, helping to ensure that consumers are get what they pay for.

It’s estimated that up to 30 percent of the seafood entering the U.S. is fraudulently mislabeled, bilking U.S. fishermen, the U.S. seafood industry, and American consumers for an estimated $20-25 billion annually. Passing off other fish as grouper is one of the rackets this sensor aims to stop.

The paper describing the new technology and its application appears in a newly-published issue of Food Control, which is now available online.

“Is it grouper?” The QuadPyre RT-NASBA, gives this question a thumbs up or thumbs down rapidly, inexpensively and on-site-aboard ship, dockside, in warehouses or in restaurants.  More

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