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This device complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
NIMA Partners test results are only representative of the sample tested and is not a guarantee of the entire dish. Use of this product should not replace education, medical advice, compliance with food labeling and adherence to avoidance strategies. Failure to use this product in accordance with the instructions could result in serious injury or death. Read full directions in this manual before use.
NIMA Partners is another tool to help you understand if there is gluten in your food. NIMA Partners has been developed and validated to test food items only (both solids & liquids). NIMA Partners has not been validated on medication, cosmetics or non food items. NIMA Partners only tests the sample that is in the device and therefore, NIMA Partners does not guarantee that your entire item or dish is gluten-free. Please use your best judgement when choosing what to consume.
With the NIMA Partners sensor, we have taken a complex laboratory style test and shrunk it into a simple, portable device. Closing the capsule prepares the food sample for mixing and testing. Our antibody chemistry then detects if there is gluten protein present in the sample. Finally, our sensor reads the result. All of this allows you to feel more confident in your decision-making about what to eat. NIMA Partners should always be used in conjunction with clear advocacy for gluten free options and your better judgement. Your understanding of what the NIMA Partners Gluten Sensor can and cannot test (see below) and how to sample (see below) is critical for accurate and reliable results. NIMA Partners sensor is intended to give you an additional data point and level of comfort when eating but is not a guarantee as we can only provide a result for the sample being tested. It is still your responsibility to do everything you can to let waitstaff know your needs, to ask friends to prepare gluten free meals, to purchase items that are clearly gluten free, and to advocate for yourself. Whether or not you wish to eat something will be up to you.
We encourage everyone to download the NIMA Partners app for iOS or Android and pair your NIMA Partners device so you can access your test history, receive firmware updates for improved device performance, and share your results with the growing community!
NIMA Partners chemistry is antibody based. The NIMA Partners Research & Development (R&D) team developed a pair of antibodies specifically for the detection of gluten. There are existing gluten antibodies on the market, but none of them were sufficient to meet the speed, sensitivity and specificity requirements that we needed for the NIMA Partners sensor. The NIMA Partners 13F6 and 14G11 antibodies bind to a gluten protein called the 33-mer fragment, which is known as the ‘toxic’ portion of the protein that causes an auto-immune response.
Based on internal lab testing, the NIMA Partners Gluten Sensor may incorrectly show a ‘Smile’ message when testing the following items:
The above list may change.
Here is a full list of foods NIMA Partners research and development (R&D) team has tested and any special testing recommendations and ongoing updates to the Do-Not-Test list.
How to Turn on/off
Capsule Storage Tips
Store capsules between 32°F (0°C) and 90°F (32°C). Capsules can only be used once. Please discard old capsules in the trash. Check the expiration date on the back of the capsule.
Since NIMA Partners cannot guarantee your entire plate is free from a particular allergen, it’s important to try and get a representative sample to test. In order to try and get a representative sample, it is recommended to test multiple points from across your plate – being careful not to overfill the capsule. Testing multiple points in a single test capsule or using multiple capsules if needed will help in identifying contamination. If an item is ordered with a gluten substitute, it is recommended to test the item that was replaced or the most likely point where contact may have occurred (grill marks, cut marks, etc.)
Most liquid and solid food samples can be put in a capsule as-is. However, to ensure an accurate test, some manipulation might be helpful for special types of food.
Here is a full list of foods NIMA Partners research and development (R&D) team has tested and any special testing recommendations.
No gluten detected in the sample tested. NIMA Partners is optimized to detect 20 ppm or above of gluten with high sensitivity. In some food matrices, NIMA Partners will also detect lower levels of gluten.
Gluten detected in the sample tested. Things to consider after receiving a Gluten Found result:
The NIMA Partners sensor has had an issue with the capsule being tested. Confirm that
Update Your Firmware
NIMA Partners is designed to run most optimally with the latest over-the-air updates, which can be accessed through a firmware update through the NIMA Partners mobile app on Android and iOS. To update, download the NIMA Partners app, create an account and login. When prompted, pair your device to the app. Navigate to the map page. If a firmware update is available, a banner will prompt you to update.
Powering on screen. This will only display for 15 seconds. A quick press will start the test. If no tests are being run, NIMA Partners will automatically turn off. Don’t worry, there is no need to turn NIMA Partners off as this will happen automatically.
Signals NIMA Partners is ready to be paired with your Bluetooth enabled mobile device. To reset your Bluetooth and have your NIMA Partners in pairing mode, from power off, press and hold the button for 5 seconds.
Push the button to turn NIMA Partners on, then push button one more time to start a test. Capsule must be fully inserted.
Running a Test
NIMA Partners is running a test. This icon indicates something is happening. Might be accompanied by a noise – this means NIMA Partners is processing your food. There is a progress bar to indicate how far into the test you are.
Place NIMA Partners upright on a flat surface when running a test. Too much movement of NIMA partners during testing may cause a failure.
Battery needs to be charged. See the “Battery” section under “Maintenance” for more information on battery life.
Both the inside and outside of the sensor can be cleaned with a damp cloth. At no time should the NIMA Partners sensor be rinsed or submerged under or in water. Don’t get moisture in any openings or use aerosol sprays, solvents, or abrasives.
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For Our Customers in Canada
Industry Canada Disclaimer
This device complies with Industry Canada Licence-exempt RSSs. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference, including interference that may cause undesired operation of the device. Le présent appareil est conforme aux CNR d’Industrie Canada applicables aux appareils radio exempts de licence. L’exploitation est autorisée aux deux conditions suivantes : (1) l’appareil ne doit pas produire de brouillage, et (2) l’utilisateur de l’appareil doit accepter tout brouillage radioé lectrique subi, même si le brouillage est susceptible d’en compromettre le fonctionnement.
Industry Canada E-label Instructions
To access the electronic e-label: From an off-position press and hold the front button for 5 seconds. The “Ready To Pair” screen will be displayed which will be followed by the IC registration number and the model name [PMN] and number [HVIN].