We are excited to say the Nima Peanut Sensor is now on the market, offering peace of mind to the nearly three millions Americans who suffer from peanut allergies, including those close to us here at Lemnos.
Each Lemnos investment has an internal champion. Helen and I have to both agree to invest in a company, but before that happens someone on the Lemnos team steps up and pushes for the partnership, highlighting to everyone the amazing opportunities if we work together. In the case of Nima, being their Lemnos champion was a very easy and very personal decision.
My son has a peanut allergy. As a baby, he gave us quite a health scare when first exposed to peanuts. The rest of his life has been careful discussions with chefs and food providers about whether they cook with peanuts, and consistent vigilance to ensure we have the appropriate medicines with us at all times to lessen some of the deadly effects of peanuts until we can get him to a hospital.
This allergy has changed our lives, and the scariest part is not knowing if a food contains even trace amounts of peanuts. A well meaning restaurant can belief they don’t have a peanut risk, but can’t completely verify their food supply all the way back to its origin. Nima’s Peanut Sensor gives my family another line of defense, a way to verify the best intentions of great restaurants and to check what we cook at home. I’m so happy for Nima and gladly championed them years ago because of the piece of mind they help bring my family and countless others around the world.
Like its award-winning Gluten Sensor, Nima’s Peanut Sensor lets people quickly test their food. As I know too well, even foods that are presented as free of an allergen frequently are not, and this can cause severe problems for allergy and sensitivity sufferers, ranging from stomach aches to skin reactions to anaphylaxis.
With the Peanut Sensor, anyone can test liquid or solid food by putting a small sample into a testing capsule and placing that in a detector designed to reveal traces of peanut protein at an accuracy of at least 10 parts per million. If peanut protein is found, a peanut icon appears on the display. If none is detected, then a smile appears. Like Nima’s Gluten Sensor, the peanut detector also connects to an Android or iOS app that allows customers to share results, rate restaurants, and search for dining and packaged food options.
To purchase a Nima sensor, visit their online store. And to hear more from Nima’s co-founders Shireen Yates and Scott Sundvor, listen to Season One, Episode Nine of “Into the Forge”, the Lemnos podcast.