WIRELESS FOOD INGREDIENT CHECKING SYSTEM AND SHOPPING LIST DEVICE
Original Publication Date: 1999-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Aug-20
Many individuals have known food allergies, sensitivities, or have been instructed by their physi- cian to avoid certain foods while taking certain med- ications. For these individuals, checking food items in a grocery store to ensure that the products do not contain the offending ingredient(s) can be very diffi- cult. Ingredients are listed on food packages, how- ever, the listings are difficult to read and decipher (for example, individuals avoiding milk products should not eat foods containing butter, casein, hydrolysates, lactalbumin, lactoglobulin, lactose, whey). Doctors advise that individuals with food allergies should check product ingredient lists regu- larly, since food product manufacturers often change formulas, and a product that was previously consid- ered "safe" for a given allergy may become "unsafe" after a formula change.