Launch Of Teapasar And Tea Research Collaboration
Teapasar, a new retail startup, is collaborating with the NUS Food Science and Technology programme and the Agency of Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) to develop ProfilePrint, which scans the organic composition of tea leaves to create a unique fingerprint for each product.
On 21 September, the project collaboration was signed by Prof Peter HO, the Faculty’s Deputy Dean, Education and Research; Mr Alan LAI, Co-founder, Teapasar; and Dr WONG Yee Ting, Deputy Director (Food, Nutrition and Consumer Care Cluster), A*STAR at the Official Opening of the Singapore Tea Festival. The event was graced by Ms SIM Ann, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information; and Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth.
In the first phase, our food scientists established the initial metabolomics fingerprinting model offering a fast and reliable way to authenticate teas and verify labels in an era of fraudulent products.
Prof Zhou said, “The second phase of collaborative research will further improve the technology, to increase its power of authentication in differentiating samples from different harvest seasons and terroir.”