Gluten-free diners’ new mantra: trust, but verify

February 1, 2017

Restaurant operators should prepare for a rise in gluten-free diners armed with devices.

It’s about to happen with the arrival of Nima, a portable sensor that performs highly accurate on-the-spot tests measuring the presence of gluten, or lack thereof, in food.

Nima is the first to market, but other similar sensors are in development, like the Tellspec, which is still in beta test. Hand-held consumer devices capable of detecting other food allergens — peanut, dairy and tree nuts — could come next.

Restaurant operators already go out of their way to make sure food served to those afflicted with celiac