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A RAPID HAND-HELD ANALYSER FOR CONTROL OF MICROORGANISMS IN THE COMPLETE MEAT SUPPLY CHAIN

Objective

Foodborne pathogens in processed ready-to-eat products pose a serious threat to consumers with compromised immune system. Sensitive, specific and rapid detection of such pathogens is thus essential at production level to prevent their entrance into the human food chain. Conventional microbiological detection methods simply take too long (2 to 7 days) to detect and identify pathogens in food and no real time data is available. Other traditional testing methods, such as ELISA, are also relatively costly and time-consuming. Traditional methods require the taking of a product sample, its posterior culturing until sufficient microorganisms have been generated to enable ready detection on culture plates. While a number of methods such as PCR may provide faster detection (6-12 hours) they involve complex procedures and highly specialised trained personnel. In today's modern food supply chain, products enter and leave the market within two to three days. Slow traditional analytical methods are clearly deficient as they enable contaminated meat products to reach the market, resulting in human disease and even mortality. Moreover, most analyses need to be carried out in large analytical laboratories as the required instrumentation is expensive and requires highly qualified staff. Only very large farms and slaughterhouses can thus afford to perform regular, on-site, microbiological checks. There is a clear need for a rapid, handheld, easy to use and cost effective microbiological analyser which is tailored and well suited to the needs of the meat industry to enable its use on the processing floor thus allowing rapid process control testing. A biosensor based approach presents a promising and sensitive alternative tool for the detection of low numbers of cells in a question of minutes (with no need for enrichment steps) as opposed to days. Electrochemical methods would also enable the application of more user friendly and cheaper instrumentation.

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CENTRE DE RECERCA I INVESTIGACIO DE CATALUNYA S.A.
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Participants (14)

APPLIED RESEARCH USING OMIC SCIENCES S L
Spain
Address
Travessera De Gracia 108 Entl
Barcelona
ATLANGENE APPLICATIONS S.A.S
France
Address
9, Rue Du Chêne Lassé B.p. 273
Saint Herblain
BIO SENSOR TECHNOLOGIE GMBH
Germany
Address
Buchholzer Strasse 61
Berlin
BVT TECHNOLOGIES A.S
Czechia
Address
Brnenska 1257
Kurim
CARTON GROUP LTD
Ireland
Address
Bluebell Industrial Estate
Dublin
CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
Address
Calle Serrano 117
Madrid
FELTALALOI ES KUTATO KOZPONT SZOLGALTATO KFT
Hungary
Address
Skalonka Köz 28
Budapest
INVESTIGACIONES BIOQUIMICAS S.L
Spain
Address
Paseo Del Remei 28.Sta Maria De Palau Tordera (Barcelona)
Sta Maria De Palau Tordera
JCB ELECTRONICA S L
Spain
Address
Travessera De Gracia 108, Entl
Barcelona
PALM INSTRUMENTS BV
Netherlands
Address
Ruitercamp 119
Houten
RICHARD WOODALL LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Lane End
Waberthwaite, Cumbria
SELECCION BATALLE, S.A
Spain
Address
Avda. Dels Segadors S/n
Riudarenes (Girona)
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN
Ireland
Address
Belfield
Dublin
W. NIXON & SONS LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Outwood Farm Bolshaw Road
Cheshire