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Activity Recognition and Temperature Monitoring (ART) Feasibility Study

Newcastle University
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Twenty three households were recruited to explore the process of deploying (installation, removal and return) ART devices using various methods, and the data generated by these devices.

The objectives of the ART feasibility study were to explore the:
  • Technical and operational issues associated with:
    • deploying ARTs in domestic kitchens, in particular the ease and cost of ART installation and removal by researchers and households
    • processing and analysing ART data
  • Value and contribution of ART data (on its own and with other social science data) to domestic kitchen food safety research
  • Cost considerations associated with scaling-up ART technology with larger, more representative sample sizes
  • Relevance of the ART findings to the work of the FSA

Three ARTs were located in each household in pre-selected sites associated with domestic food hygiene including: inside the door of the refrigerator; the cutlery drawer; and the hot tap. The fourth ART site was household determined.

Data collection took place between September 2012 and April 2013.

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Background: A renewed Foodborne Disease Strategy for 2010–2015 was developed with the aim of reducing foodborne disease further. A key focus of the strategy includes food safety in the home.

This study assessed the value of ART devices in domestic food safety research for supporting food safety policy.

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Food Standards Agency
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Bacterial Pathogens
Natural Toxins