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  1. KLW
    KLW says:

    Was the cracker tested marketed at GF with only GF ingredients listed? It would be wonderful to think that this device can pick up cross-contamination or trace amounts of gluten. I understand that this is not a medical device but is there a certain goal that TellSpec has as to what rate of ppm of gluten it hopes to be able to detect?

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    • TellSpec Staff
      TellSpec Staff says:

      Our first year’s goals will be very different for year two and three and so on. But in the future we definitely want to become as sophisticated as possible when it comes to detecting cross contamination and trace ingredients. At this point we are focusing on our first years goals which include food composition, nutrients, top 8 allergens, some toxins/additives (tartrazine for example), and other expectations such as calories, and carbohydrates. Once our prototypes are in the beta food testers’ hands and we are up and running the beta testing program; TellSpec will start to brainstorm more clearly exactly how deep detection levels could be. Thank you for your interest and enthusiasm. At this time; we cannot determine whether the crackers were made at a GF facility or were only labeled GF as both the crackers are gone and that record did not include those data.

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      • Michael Finnegan
        Michael Finnegan says:

        Hi I am a 14 year old who was born with a deadly peanut and tree nut allergy. Would peanut and tree nut be part of the top eight allergens. You have no idea how much stress this would take of my Mom!

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        • TellSpec Staff
          TellSpec Staff says:

          Thank you so much for caring to help your mother and for being so responsible for yourself at such a young age. Very sweet of you to worry for her and yourself. See below our news on detection.

          DETECTION LEVELS AND ALLERGENS
          Yes we are hoping to add peanut and treenut to our target allergens. BUT THE LIST IS NOT COMPLETE YET. We are in development as you know.

          Please remember that this is a biotech toddler learning to run! AND MOST IMPORTANTLY WE ARE NOT A MEDICAL DEVICE. We are consumer biotech device to be used at the discretion of the consumer. Use TellSpec as an aid to other information you have about food but not as the final source about food. TellSpec is designed to help you with information beyond the food label but not the final authority as we are still a developing technology.

          TellSpec uses 2 primary techniques to get information on ingredients. Some ingredients or chemicals may be unacceptable in concentrations too low to get useful information from a single scan. So TellSpec can get information on such chemicals and food composition in other ways.

          1. One method is combining a TellSpec scan with other people’s scans of the same food. Your 3 second scan may not be enough to detect a chemical, but if 1200 users scan the same food, then that’s an hour of scanning, and that may have enough. That’s crowd sourced food analysis!
          2 The 2nd method is using database information. If the TellSpec database has detailed information about the food, then we can provide that information to the user. The TellSpec analysis engine will automatically choose the technique that best handles the estimated concentration level of the food being scanned.
          If TellSpec has no previous record of the food/substance/toxin/contaminant AND TellSpec did not scan a particular fragment, then the target ingredient in that fragment will not contribute to the scan obtained. TellSpec is neither telepathic nor psychic nor does it play hide and go seek. Food data is derived by TellSpec on the portion of food being scanned. Cumulative scanning times and repeated food scans are the key.

          Year ONE there will be absences of information and detection. But imagine the world with 1M TellSpec scanners across time. What kind of food data bank will that be? What kinds of relationships can we help highlight between food and health!? So many. Please be patient with us as we grow and develop into a better and more efficient biotechnology. As with all technologies, over time their iterations just become more and more adaptable to the consumer and more useful to the consumer.

          Thank you for your interest and stay tuned to any news or updates at http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/tellspec-what-s-in-your-food/x/4816424?c=activity or here at http://www.tellspec.com

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