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Chemometric Brain, an NIR tech to identify food fraud and up traceability
Tuesday, 26 May, 2020, 13 : 00 PM [IST]
Madrid, Spain

Identifying food fraud and improving ingredients and recipes traceability are long standing issues in the food sector. To address these Chemometric Brain, a cloud-based software solution, has been launched.

It is a unique quality control system based on a Near Infrared technology (NIR) to guarantee the traceability, suitability and homogeneity of ingredients and food products, especially in recipes containing multiple ingredients.

Near Infrared can be applied to many types of samples including powders, solids, gels and liquids and provide a consistent identification and comparison against other samples.

As a result, this will increase a company’s food-safety standards and establish a precise and fully replicable quality-control process.
This solution can be used to identify raw materials, detect possible changes in suppliers’ processes, ensure the exact mixture composition, better determine the expected product shelf-life or analyse physical-chemical properties, among others.

The major difference between NIR solutions already available and the software is that this is the only software in the cloud, and it allows a company to consolidate all NIR spectra (the results of the analysis) from multiple devices and multiple equipment manufacturers in one single place.

Once the spectra have been automatically uploaded from the NIR scanner, the software uses a qualitative approach to identify how the ‘fingerprint’ of a sample fits within a standard library previously created for the same product and then highlights any variation from the specific product.

The software has hundreds of product libraries available, as a result of more than 12 years of work and research, which makes identification easier and can be rapidly implemented in any food company.

The solution has been developed and trailed over last years by a team lead by Dr Beatriz Carrasco, Chemometric Brain CTO, who recognised that the data available from NIR spectra could be used in many new applications apart from the initial scope of powder-based food and nutrition.

“We are very proud to offer Chemometric Brain to the food industry as a solution to democratise the use of a very powerful technique as NIRS which as technology has been around for many years but never extensively adapted into the food sector due to the complexity and lack of easy-to-use solutions in the market. Chemometric Brain makes it possible to have a new vision of both ingredients and final recipes. This enhances your knowledge about them, which improves food safety and decreases risks,” said Dr Beatriz Carrasco.
The system has been reviewed by CRA-W, the Walloon Agricultural Research Centre, a prestigious European organisation specialised in food research.

Dr Vincent Baeten, head of the quality and authentication of products unit at CRA-W, said, “The Chemometric Brain is very interesting because it brings a global solution in the private sector to manage a large number of data coming from different instruments. We are testing lots of new algorithms at research level and here the Chemometric Brain brings that into a single tool making that available to everyone. The graphic interface is also very helpful to make companies see what happens with their products.”

A pioneering own software now available for any food company
The software was originally created as proprietary software of Blendhub, the first global network for food production through multi-localised production hubs; in January 2020 it separated from Blendhub into a completely independent organisation due to significant interest from a large number of organisations in the sector to adopt the technology into their own companies.

Given the global issues with food authenticity and complicated or broken supply chains the software provides a simple to use highly innovative cloud-based solution which can be implemented very quickly in a matter of days.

Founder of Chemometric Brain, Henrik Stamm Kristensen, said, “The development of a sustainable, safe and secure agrifood value chain with the participation of all stakeholders from seed-to-mouth, has been my main objective since I founded my first food tech start-up back in 1997. And after years of development, library creations and validation by selected ingredients suppliers and food producers I am extremely excited about the launch of Chemometric Brain being my first ever independent SaaS (software-as-a-service) platform company which in the next few years will benefit thousands of companies in creating a completely new level of traceability, security and prediction in their individual supply chains.”

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