|Title:||Optical Detection of Food Safety and Food Defense Hazards|
|Objective:||1. Develop methods and instruments to identify food safety hazards throughout various stages of poultry and egg production and processing. |
2. Detect and characterize foodborne pathogens, toxins, and bacterial threat agents with rapid optical methods.
3. Develop and evaluate detection methods for foodborne pathogens and toxins with nanotechnology.
|More Info:||Approach: Various optical (imaging) methods will be used for detecting intentional and unintentional contaminants and bacterial pathogens of food products. A real-time in-line hyperspectral imaging system will be used to rapidly detect diseased and contaminated broiler carcasses in processing plants. A monochromatic imaging system will be used for detecting cracks in table and hatching eggs. Hyperspectral microscopic imaging system, Raman imaging instrument and Fourier transform infrared spectrometer will be used to detect biofilms and foreign materials on the surfaces of food processing equipment. Visible/near-infrared hyperspectral imaging systems will be used to rapidly detect and characterize foodborne pathogens associated with poultry products and bacterial threat agents. Nanotechnology will be used for detection of foodborne pathogens and toxins. Collaboration with ARS Environmental Microbial and Food Safety Laboratory, BARC, FSIS, AMS, and the University of Georgia Nano Science and Engineering Center will be used to enhance the research.|
|Funding Source:||United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS)|
|Institutions:||USDA/ARS - South Atlantic Area|
|Project Reports:||2011 Annual Report|
|Pending USDA ARS Publications (NP 108):|
Hyperspectral imaging of shiga toxin-producing escherichia coli serogroups O26, O45, O103, O111, O121, and O145 on Rainbow Agar
Hyperspectral imaging for differentiating colonies of non-O157 shiga-toxin producing echerichia coli (STEC) serogroups on spread plates of pure cultures
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|Food Safety Categories:||Food and Feed Handling and Processing|
Food Defense and Security
|Farm-to-Table categories:||Food processing|
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