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New technologies for rapid detection and identification of micro-organisms in food.

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Award Number

CCFRA Project 90190

Funding Agency

CCFRA - Campden Chorleywood Food Research Association

Investigator

Chris Baylis, Ph.D.
CCFRA - Campden Chorleywood Food Research Association

Summary

The detection of pathogenic micro-organisms in foods can be technically challenging, not least because few such organisms may be present in comparison with competitors. Furthermore, as most current methods rely on successfully growing the target organisms; this limits the speed at which results can be obtained. An evaluation of the potential benefit of using existing techniques or applying novel methods very rapidly to quantify micro-organisms in foods and related samples would therefore be of considerable value. A literature review will be prepared of very rapid (same day) methods or tests for the quantification of total and specified micro-organisms in foods and related samples. Practical studies will be undertaken of the ability of such techniques accurately and rapidly to quantify micro-organisms in a range of food types. The potential of mass spectroscopy techniques to detect and identify specific bacterial protein toxins and other harmful compounds will be investigated. Spectroscopic methods for the rapid identification of micro-organisms will be explored. New and existing methods related publications will be prepared or updated and published in consultation with the QA/QC Working Party.