Food allergies are of real concern in North America and a vast portion of the population suffers from them, hence, allergen detection tech is a very lucrative category.
Technology enables efficiency and convenience. Being able to determine whether it is safe to eat something on-the-go comes with incredibly positive implications for consumers who suffer from allergies.
SensoGenic is a start-up that is developing a handheld allergen detection device that utilizes nanotechnology "to detect specific allergy-causing proteins at a level of 10 ppm (parts per million)" -- the lowest adverse reaction level.
The biosensor can accurately analyze a food sample and determine whether it contains peanuts, wheat, soy, tree nuts, eggs, milk, fish, and shellfish. Moreover, the allergen detection device is compatible with an application, where users can share recommendations and share their experience at a specific restaurant.