Image courtesy of MyDx Inc.

Image courtesy of MyDx Inc.

San Diego’s MyDx Inc., a company that makes a handheld chemical analyzer for consumers, has launched a sensor chip that will allow users to test fruits, vegetables, and cannabis for pesticides and heavy metals.

Loosely translated, MyDx means “my diagnostic” — a way to test material for specific chemical traces. The device is small enough to fit in your back pocket, and contains the power of a personal laboratory.

Simply punch a hole in a leaf of spinach or kale, pop the sample into the device drawer and wait as the mini lab begins to analyze. Within three minutes, a full chemical profile will appear on your smartphone’s corresponding app.

The chip is called OrganaDx, and must be used as an accessory to the MyDx handheld product. The MyDx handheld analyzer already has separate sensors on the market that offer different uses: AquaDx for testing water quality and CannaDx for testing the potency and medicinal/psychoactive components in marijuana.

“Of our product family of four sensors, we launched the CannaDx sensor first,” MyDx Chairman and CEO Daniel R. Yazbeck said in a statement. “Because few states require growers or dispensaries to test the cannabis they sell, the product quality is largely unregulated. This contrasts with water, food and air, all of which have multiple state and federal agencies regulating their quality and anyone that might affect it, although many see their track record as imperfect at best as Flint, Michigan amongst many other incidents exemplifies. Ultimately, it is up to the consumer to trust and verify the safety of what they eat, drink and inhale.”

The MyDx CannaDx, AquaDx, and OrganaDx sensors are now commercialized, and the AeroDx (to test air quality) is next in line for early 2017.

Read our past coverage on MyDx here: http://sdbj.com/news/2015/mar/20/diagnostic-device-gives-you-picture-whats-produce/