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Sensing Technologies For The Detection and Characterization of Microbial, Chemical, and Biological Contaminants in Foods

Investigators
Schmidt, Walter; Lefcourt, Alan; Kim, Moon; Chao, Kuanglin
Institutions
USDA - Agricultural Research Service
Start date
2016
End date
2021
Objective

Objective 1: Advance development and validation of on-line automated whole-surface inspection systems for simultaneous safety and quality inspection of fresh produce in high-throughput commercial processing operations. Objective 2: Develop and validate user-friendly analytical sensing methods and technologies for targeted and non-targeted rapid screening of foods for microbial, chemical, and biological contaminants in laboratory, field, and/or industrial environments. Objective 3: Advance development of portable spectral imaging technologies to allow identification and detection of food contaminants, and develop sampling and inspection protocols for implementation of the developed technologies in industry and regulatory applications. Objective 4: Advance development, test and validate an automated system for detecting contaminants in produce fields, and investigate cost and sensitivity trade-offs of different potential system components and configurations with regard to production of a cost-effective commercial system.

Funding Source
Agricultural Research Service
ARS (NP108)
Project source
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Project number
8042-42000-020-00D
Accession number
430631
Categories
Bacterial Pathogens
Parasites
Natural Toxins
Viruses and Prions
Chemical Contaminants