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PerkinElmer, TeakOrigin Partner for Food Detection

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WALTHAM, Mass., Dec. 20, 2017 — Detection and imaging technologies developer PerkinElmer Inc. has announced a collaboration with TeakOrigin, a company that integrates technology and data platforms to serve as a detector for food authenticity and quality.

PerkinElmer’s molecular spectroscopy instrumentation, combined with TeakOrigin’s team of analytical chemistry experts, will help bring greater transparency to a wide range of food items that consumers purchase and eat. Based on the findings of their research, PerkinElmer and TeakOrigin will aim to develop a first-of-its-kind technology that uses a single platform to analyze a number of food types for key indicators that determine authenticity, quality and freshness. The research will leverage molecular spectroscopy, UV-VIS, mid/NIR and Raman spectroscopy techniques.

Food manufacturers leverage PerkinElmer’s portfolio of solutions to screen for critical factors such as ingredient adulteration, food safety and quality to protect customers from potential health risks and preserve the integrity of their brands.

“Food can lose a significant amount of nutritional value in the supply chain and preparation process, and the growing lack of transparency within the modern food system is increasingly impacting the consumer both nutritionally and financially,” said Brent Overcash, CEO of TeakOrigin. “Together with PerkinElmer, we want to deliver a quick, simple and secure way to ensure that the food we eat is what’s indicated on the label, confirm how fresh and nutritious it is, and help eliminate food fraud and misrepresentation.”

In addition to molecular spectroscopy, TeakOrigin is leveraging traditional analytical techniques to determine the chemical properties of foods so that the relationships to the spectra can be validated. Contrary to the approach that photonics companies take, TeakOrigin is chemically characterizing the samples as the spectra are collected.

The first research initiatives are taking place at PerkinElmer’s scientific laboratory at its headquarters in Waltham, Mass. For this project, lab analytical results will be calibrated against their molecular spectroscopy results to facilitate fast, portable screening of foods for quality and safety threats. The initial pilot testing will be for olive oil, honey and apples, with the intent to extend this type of analysis to many other foods.

“PerkinElmer brings extensive experience developing instrumentation, software and services to help food manufacturers better detect ingredients and adulterants, while navigating regulations,” said Jim Corbett, executive vice president and president of discovery and analytical solutions at PerkinElmer. “Working with TeakOrigin, we look forward to addressing key underlying issues in the food system, leading to better and healthier food decisions for grocery retailers and consumers.” In the future, PerkinElmer and TeakOrigin will aim to develop and validate new handheld spectroscopic devices and chemometric models.

TeakOrigin is a digital dataset company focused on the food supply industry to reduce food fraud and misrepresentation. PerkinElmer is a provider of detection, imaging, informatics and service capabilities.
Dec 2017
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