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AgShift, which has developed an app-based method of inspecting produce throughout the supply chain, has raised $2 million in a seed round of funding, according to AgFunder News.
The publication said fresh produce is inspected for criteria such as freshness, damage, size and color to make sure it meets industry and USDA specifications. AgShift founder Miku Jha said the current inspection process is time-consuming and subjective. This leads to inconsistency of quality arriving at the final destination, which ultimately leads to food waste.
The app can photograph a fruit such as a strawberry to see how much red is in the photo to determine how much shelf life is left. It also can measure size and how much bruising the fruit has to determine its USDA grade, cutting in half the time it takes for each item to be inspected.