Catch Foodborne Illness with a Scan at the Start

PathSpot is a hands free technology that scans team members hands and instantly detects invisible indicators of bacteria and viruses that cause foodborne illness such as E.coli or Salmonella.

The dangers of foodborne illness in the food industry are real. One virus or bacteria can spark a recall, endanger customers, hurt your brand and cost you greatly. While proper hygiene and cleaning is important with every aspect of food production, it starts with employees. In fact, almost half of the time, the bacteria is introduced by poor hand hygiene.

Now, there’s an easy and reliable way to check for indicators of bacteria and viruses.

PathSpot is a hands free technology that scans team members hands and instantly detects invisible indicators of bacteria and viruses that cause foodborne illness such as E.coli or Salmonella.

How does it work?

  • After washing and drying their hands, employees scan hands with PathSpot.
  • The hands free technology recognizes team members. PathSpot uses light-based technology to detect indicators of pathogens that cause foodborne illness.
  • The 2 second scan gives an instant result. When a contamination is detected, team members are directed to rewash and rescan before returning to work.
  • Individual and team handwashing data are displayed on the PathSpot Dashboard so stakeholders can measure and improve handwashing practices.

What kind of scan is it? Will it hurts people’s skin and/or eyes?

The PathSpot hand scanner uses a technology called “visible light fluorescence spectroscopy.” It measures the reflection of light off your hands to determine whether or not a set of proprietary markers are present. The light is not dangerous. The color of the light used during the scan is in the visible spectrum, it does not use UV rays and it does not emit UV radiation.

How big is it?

11.61″ length x 8.38″ width x 4.42″ height. So it’s easy to fit into your washing station.

PathSport at a handwashing station.

What all does it detect?

The PathSpot hand scanner looks for specific signs of dangerous bacteria and viruses that cause foodborne illness including E-Coli, Norovirus, Salmonella, Listeria, and Hepatitis A.

Building a food-safety culture

Ensuring a safe food production site means having good practices as part of your employee DNA. That’s why the PathSpot Dashboard is designed to show you the frequency and efficacy of handwashing at both the individual and the team level. This gives you real-time insight your business operations, allowing you to help create a positive food sanitation culture.

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About the Author:

Lin Carson, PhD
Dr. Lin Carson’s love affair with baking started over 25 years ago when she earned her BSc degree in Food Science & Technology at the Ohio State University. She went on to earn her MSc then PhD from the Department of Grain Science at Kansas State University. Seeing that technical information was not freely shared in the baking industry, Dr. Lin decided to launch BAKERpedia to cover this gap. Today, as the world’s only FREE and comprehensive online technical resource for the commercial baking industry, BAKERpedia is used by over half a million commercial bakers, ingredient sellers, equipment suppliers and baking entrepreneurs annually. You can catch Dr. Lin regularly on the BAKED In Science podcast solving baking problems. For more information on Dr. Lin, subscribe to her "Ask Dr. Lin" YouTube Channel, or follow her on LinkedIn.

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