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24 October, 2006 - 12:42 By Staff Reporter

‘Food sleuth’ technology an export hit

Patients in Hong Kong suffering tummy upsets can instantly find out which foods they cannot tolerate thanks to a local business.Cambridge Nutritional Sciences in Littleport used part funding from UK Trade & Investment’s SOLO scheme to take its ‘Food Detective’ intolerance testing kits to a conference in Bali, which resulted in an immediate order from a Hong Kong-based nutritionist.

It also led to productive meetings with a US doctor, who is preparing a book on food intolerance.

The kits are used by nutritionists and practitioners to identify intolerances to 59 different foods, including meat, shellfish, yeast and nuts. A drop of blood of just 50 microlitres is enough for the test to be carried out.

All other food intolerance services require samples to be sent to laboratories for testing. The kits are already widely distributed in Spain and Italy.

Now, with advice and funding assistance from UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), the company has set its sights on France, Germany, Australia, China and the US.

The company is now seeking approval from the FDA to distribute in the United States.

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