Funding for fake whisky detector

18 March, 2011

Researchers at the University of Leicester are working on a hand held device to detect fake wine and whisky through the bottle.

A team from the university’s Space Research Centre are working with colleagues at De Montfort University to transfer technology originally developed to detect counterfeit medicines to the drinks world.

They have won £50,000 of funding for the project from the Food & Drink iNet which co-ordinates innovation support for businesses and academics working in the food and drink sector in the East Midlands.

The Scotch Whisky Research Institute and Everards brewery are helping with the research and product trials.

Tm Maskell, knowledge transfer manager in the Space Research Centre, said: “The support from Food & Drink iNet will allow us to take the technology and apply it in the case of whisky and fine wines.

“The funding will enable us to deign, build and test a laboratory prototype that will allow us to prove the technology works.”

The technology works by detecting differences in light reflected through printed packaging.

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