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July 11, 2012


Kromeklaunches radiation detector for food safety purposes


UK platform technology firm, Kromek, has released Food Inspector, a radiation detector which is specially developed to determine food consumption safety.


The detector has been launched in Japan, which is still recovering from the after effects of the accident at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in March 2011.


The high-performance monitor can identify the presence of radioactive contaminants in both solid foods and liquids. It uses Kromek's advanced UltraShield detector technology to differentiate between man-made hazardous radiation sources in the environment - such as those from nuclear accidents - and typical background radiation.


According to the company, since the device identifies the typical background radiation, it provides accurate readings and faster readings, compared to the other detectors in the market.


It also uses touch screen technology and offers user-friendly software interface, making it easy to use with little training.


A sample measurement is completed in less than a minute, following which, the device displays the measured levels of radiation on the screen in a simple format.


Kromek chief executive officer, Arnab Basu, said that the Food Inspector is fast, accurate and highly cost-effective, and has been designed to help food retail chains demonstrate food safety.


"The system is very easy to use, requires minimal training and will stimulate confidence in both suppliers and customers in the food retail chain and ensure regulatory requirements are fully met," Basu added.


The company noted that the radiation detector is being targeted towards food producers and processors: food suppliers; wholesalers and distributors: export/Import agents; and test laboratories.

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