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Palm-sized gadget sniffs meals for food allergens

Aug 03, 2017, 7:52 AM EDT
(Source: Emma Jane Hogbin Westby/flickr)
(Source: Emma Jane Hogbin Westby/flickr)

People with certain food intolerances can breathe a sigh of relief with the arrival of a new pocket-sized gadget that can detect the presence of a wide range of allergens, including lactose, nuts, wheat, seafood or meat, in meals.

Developed by Brunel University graduate Imogen Adams, the device called “Ally” fares better than a similar product “Nima,” which can test only one allergen gluten and costs relatively much higher, notes Dezeen.

The Ally device connects to a smartphone app via Bluetooth and allows one to share the test results within an online community letting peers know about how “allergy friendly” local restaurants are, writes Medical Xpress.