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Food Safety & Biosecurity

Rapid Detection Methods

NIFA supports research on rapid detection methods to prevent and control microorganisms that contaminate food during pre- and postharvest processes.

It emphasizes the development of improved detection methods for microbial agents, naturally occurring toxicants, allergens, and chemical and biochemical contaminants that are sensitive, specific, practical, and cost-effective. Methods also include better sampling procedures than those currently in use.

Projects address how the methods being developed will be tested in field conditions. This work will shorten the detection times for foodborne pathogens, allowing the food industry and regulatory and public health agencies to diagnose and prevent future cases of foodborne illness.


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