PathSpot, New York, closed $2 million Series II Seed Funding round, bringing the total series seed funding to $4 million, led by FIKA Ventures, Los Angeles, and Walden Venture Capital, San Francisco. The funds will be used to add development, sales and marketing talent as well as ramp up production.

PathSpot manufactures a system that protects foodservice companies and their customers from the threat of foodborne illness. The PathSpot device scans employees’ hands to identify the presence of harmful contamination, all in less than 2 seconds.

“I’m thrilled to join PathSpot and founders Christine Schindler and Dutch Waanders,” says Marc Lapides, leader of sales and marketing. “I instantly liked Christine and Dutch when I met them at this year’s National Restaurant Association show, but what made the decision easy was their sincere commitment to making a difference in public health. That’s an easy mission to rally around.”

“There are 48 million cases of foodborne illness every year in the U.S., and proper handwashing is the most effective way to reduce the incidence of Salmonella, E. coli, Norovirus, Hepatitis A and Listeria,” says Waanders. “PathSpot monitors the frequency and efficacy of handwashing of every front line and back-of-the-house employee, ensuring compliance with proper procedures. Every restaurant of every size – and their diners – can benefit by ensuring workers hands are clean when preparing and serving meals.”