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Getting Started with the CQR 3.0 - Commercial Use 

Setting Up your CQR device 3.0 with the 3.0 Mobile App

  1. Insert an AA battery: Do not use 1.7V AA batteries or AA lithium batteries such as Duracell super boost. Duracell Max, Energizer Ultimate, and Ever-ready Gold are OK.

  2. Download the CQR mobile app from the Apple App Store or for Android from Google Play

  3. Search for “CQ Foods”

  4. Select “Download CQ Foods” 

  5. Select “Open CQ Foods”

  6. Select “Create an account.” 

  7. Enter email address

  8. Enter password

  9. Click create account

  10. Select user type commercial or consumer. Select Commercial

  11. Select your supply chain level. If unsure of your supply chain level, select FAQs. 

  12. Select Let’s get started

  13. Select add a new device 

  14. Select CQR 3.0 from available Bluetooth devices

  15. Click pair

  16. Enable Locations

  17. The pairing is complete for the CQR 3.0 to the CQ Foods App.

  18. You are now ready to take measurements.

Setting Up

Connectivity & Setup Tips

If you have difficulty getting the app and the device paired, try these: Update your IOS or Android device to the latest version. Next, turn off Bluetooth and turn on Bluetooth. Then, go into the bluetooth setting, select CQR 3.0, select “Forget this Device,” and start the process again.



This section is for taking offline measurements used for CQR in the field, at sea, or in a location where a WiFi or internet connection is unavailable.

  1. Click on the person icon to go to the profile page. 

  2. Click logout. 

  3. Click yes.

  4. Click Work offline? Yes.

  5. Enter your email address to log in to offline mode; no password is required. 

  6. Select supply chain level. - Producer

  7. Select “Let’s get started.”

    • Tender - Long From. The standard form to capture product name, CFEC ID, and additional data fields as approved by BBRSDA and participating salmon processors.

      • Select product - Whole sockeye salmon 

      • Enter CFEC vessel ID #

      • Bled? Yes or No

      • # of fish bled

      • # of fish not bled

      • Enter Floating? Yes or No

      • Enter Slide Mat Present? Yes or No

      • Enter product temps

      • Enter initials and comments as needed 

      • Enter take measurements

    • Tender – Short Form. The short form captures the product name, CFEC ID(Alaska vessel ID), company name, and optional comments When time or weather will not allow for the long-form. 

      • Select product - Whole sockeye salmon 

      • Enter CFEC vessel ID #

      • Enter initials and comments as needed

      • Enter take measurements

  8. Take 15 measures of 15 fish per vessel unloaded by gently pressing the CQR on the thickest part of the fish, above the lateral line, and below the dorsal fin.  

  9. Measurements taken will add up as each measure in a lot is taken. When all measures are taken, select stop measuring.

  10. The average of the CQN scores will show along with the number of measures taken in that batch.

  11. CQ Score means Certified Quality Number. The higher the score, the better the quality. The lower the score, the lower the quality. 

  12. Press the home button. You are ready to select Tender long-form or short-form and take measures for another vessel. 

  13. To upload offline data. Select the My Measurement icon (which looks like a color graph) 

  14. Please check your network settings for a secure connection before uploading.

  15. Click “Upload Measurements” 

  16. When prompted, if you have a good connection, click “Yes” when ready to upload measurements. For example, “Your measurements were successfully uploaded to the server.” 

  17. Select “OK.”

  18. You are ready to take more measurements. 


Dos & Don’ts

  • Place the product on a non-conductive surface. Do not place it on metal or in saltwater to take a measurement.

  • The measured product needs to be moist. Example: If a whole fish is dried out and leathery on the outside, the electricity may not flow well. Moisten the fish and take a measure. 

  • Don’t measure frozen products. The electricity does not conduct accurately through hard frozen products.  

  • Measure each fish one fish at a time. Do not measure whole fish or fillets stacked on each other. 

  • Use standard 1.5V AA batteries. Do not use 1.7V AA batteries or AA lithium batteries such as Duracell super boost.

Dos Donts

CQR 3.0 Basics - About Your Certified Quality Foods (CQR) 3.0

  • What is the CQR measuring? 

    • The Certified Quality Reader (CQR) objectively and instantly measures food quality and freshness using electricity. The technical name is Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA), which measures the human Body Mass Index (BMI). CQ Foods has adopted the technology to measure fish quality.

    • The CQR measures the quality of fish at the cellular level. The more damage to the cells from degradation and spoilage, the lower the Certified Quality Number or CQN. The CQR measures.

    • The CQR sends weak electrical currents through an animal or food product. It is totally safe!

    • How the CQR works video:

  • What are the attributes of the CQR? 

    • IP65 Waterproof

    • Food grade plastic

    • Food grade stainless steel electrodes

    • Low voltage and safe to touch

    • Dimensions: 3” x 2” x 1”

    • Weight: 3.15 oz.

    • Designed and assembled in the U.S.A.

  • How to clean your CQR 

    • Use a sanitizer wipe to clean the CQR after each use. 

    • Use a toothbrush dipped in dish soap and water to clean between the electrodes, 

    • Cleaning process. Wipe down the electrodes and the device with a sanitizer wipe as needed or at least every four hours during use. Always clean the device with a sanitizer when changing between proteins.

  • How to replace the battery 

    • Use a U.S. currency nickel or a similar coin to open the battery cover. 

    • Use standard AA batteries. Do not use 1.7V AA batteries. 

    • The CQR 3.0 will operate for 6 months on one battery with heavy use. 

    • Replace the cover and tighten with a nickel or similar coin.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I press the button on the CQR device to take the measurement? Yes.

  • What does the green light mean? First, the green light confirms a successful measurement.

  • Do I need to have all four electrodes make contact with the product? Yes.

  • How much pressure do I need to push down on the electrodes? Use just enough pressure to get a green light about the weight of the CQR itself. 

  • How do I know the measurement was accepted? The CQR 3.0 will flash a green light.

  • What are the abbreviations? 

    • Atl. - Atlantic

    • BIA - Bioelectrical Impedance Alanlysis

    • CQR - Certified Quality Reader

    • H&G - Head off and gutted

    • Fil - Fillet 

    • PF - Previously frozen 

    • SC - Super Chilled. Fish chilled to just below freezing (-1.5 degrees C) for shipping. 

  • What if I can’t find my product on the product list? 

    • Select Take measurement

    • Select other

    • Type the name of the product you want in the search for product box. If the product does not self-popoluate, it is a new name in the database. Double check for the correct spelling of the product name. 

    • Select Add new food type. The name on the app will show as other, but the new name will show on the dashboard. 

  • How do I know if the product is fresh? A higher quality score indicates a fresher product. A lower quality score indicates a less fresh product. Quality score ranges will vary by product.

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