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Chowbotics' Salad Robot Is Now Food Safety And Sanitation Certified

Posted On: 2/12/2018

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REDWOOD CITY, CA -- Food robotics company Chowbotics said its first product, a salad-making robot called Sally, recently passed the UL and NSF-25 safety and sanitation standards.

To obtain these certifications, Sally the Salad Robot underwent and passed an evaluation at Underwriters Laboratories (UL) to ensure it and the facility where it is produced meet specific standards for food safety. The certification indicates that Sally meets health and safety standards for use in commercial establishments.

Offices, convenience stores, hotels, airports and fast casual restaurants are among Chewbotics' target locations for Sally and the company said the certifications open the door for a comprehensive rollout.

Sally offers more than 1,000 custom salad options. Salads are created in less than a minute and a half with any combination of up to 22 ingredients, and users can fine-tune the calorie total by adding or subtracting ingredients via touchscreen.

Like a vending machine, Sally doesn't require staffing; it can whip up salads around the clock, making it ideal for employers who want to provide options for when the cafeteria is closed, hotel operators who want to give guests choices beyond the minibar and convenience store operators wanting to provide a quick, fresh meal for commuters on the go.

Sally's technology reduces the risk of foodborne illness, as ingredients are kept refrigerated, sanitary and separate. Each of the ingredients is replenished on a regular basis and contained within the robot, reducing the potential for contamination. The machine provides an alternative to a salad bar, especially in higher-risk facilities such as schools, retirement homes and hospitals.

Chowbotics said future robots will offer breakfast as well as Mexican and other ethnic foods. The company, based in Redwood City, CA, was founded by chief executive Deepak Sekar, Ph.D., an inventor with more than 100 patents. Rich Page, an Apple Fellow who joined Steve Jobs as cofounder and vice-president at NeXT, is executive chairman. Investors include Techstars Ventures and Foundry Group.