[09 August/Food Navigator] IBM is developing robotic flavour detection technology which could help combat food fraud through combinatorial sensing. The technology, HyperTaste uses electrochemical sensors comprised of pairs of electrodes to figure out the chemical nature of a liquid and pairing it with the most chemically similar liquids in the database. IBM’s testing suggests that the entire process takes less than a minute from when the sensor is dipped into a liquid to the result reaching a mobile device, which could help cut time and costs when detecting contaminants in the environment of food fraud. An example would be detecting high levels of lead in water. The technology is currently in a development stage but could reach commercialisation relatively soon.