Spain develops residue detector
The Spanish technology innovation centre, the CIT (Huelva), has developed a system for detecting pesticide residues in fruit, the Spanish newswire, EFE, reports. It has used a “near infra-red” technology. The project started in the middle of last year and ongoing development seeks to allow the technology to make automatic analyses that classify a fruit’s quality. The immediate aim is a product that could replace an analysis team, speeding up and reducing costs in the checking of strawberries and citrus fruits in southern Spain. Improved traceability and food safety are further advantages that the researchers cite. The project has cost €200,000 ($317,000).