Wcsa - Daily Highlighs - November 3, 2017 - South Korean startup lasers in on food safety.


(Wcsa.world) SEOUL -- South Korean startup The Wave Talk says it can improve food safety by commercializing a sensor system that can be used on production lines to detect and remove contaminated liquids.

Food poisoning is potentially fatal, especially for infants and young children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with chronic illnesses or weakened immune systems. It kills about 3,000 people a year in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a U.S. health protection agency. Food recalls cost the U.S. up to $93.2 billion a year, according to a 2015 study at Ohio State University.

Testing for microorganisms is expensive, complicated and time-consuming. But The Wave Talk has developed a method that takes seconds to complete, does not require specialist staff, and can be installed on food, cosmetics or pharmaceutical production lines.

Besides food safety, TWT's technology could be implemented in the smart home industry, as the system to monitor contamination can be made in small sizes. Also, it could be implemented in the health care industry to check contamination in medical devices," said Woo Deog-hyun, manager of the intelligence business division of Nongshim Engineering, a unit of Nongshim, a South Korean food and beverage conglomerate.

Nongshim, which is considering joint projects and sales development with the startup, plans to install the technology at one of its bottled water factories by the end of the year. TWT said it has also signed initial deals with several other large South Korean companies in the pharmaceutical, bottled water, beer, beverage and humidifier industries, including Lotte, CJ CheilJedang, LG Electronics and SK Hynix.

While TWT said the technology will not replace the need for laboratory scientists, it said it will help to reduce machinery, labor and food recall costs. Kim Young-dug, chief executive, said the technology is more affordable than other systems because the sensors can be installed directly onto production lines, avoiding the need for samples to be taken to laboratories.

According to asia.nikkei.com

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