Applications for portable NIR spectroscopy in food analysis

  • Hamamatsu Photonics Europe

Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIR) is a valuable tool in food analysis, measuring composition and functionality without reagents. Portable NIR spectrometers are revolutionizing the industry, offering rapid, non-destructive analysis in the field. They monitor crop quality, determine optimal cultivation conditions, and assess feed and forage quality on farms. Computational methods, known as 'chemometrics,' translate spectral data into chemical properties. NIR spectroscopy can also assess fruit ripeness and detect food fraud.

Hamamatsu Photonics' FTIR Engine, a compact Fourier transform infrared spectroscopic module, delivers high-speed, high-resolution measurements comparable to larger devices. It aids in classifying nuts and estimating alcohol concentration in beverages. The technology supports agriculture, reduces food waste, and enhances food safety and quality.

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