The Industry Need and Solution: SafetySpect, in collaboration with the USDA – Agriculture Research Service (ARS), has developed an enhanced handheld contamination and sanitation inspection (CSI) system to address the lack of effective tools available for food industry inspection and control. Advancements in miniature light sources, detectors and optics (smaller, cheaper, and more efficient) have made this system both possible and commercially viable. The system includes a portable, real-time food contamination inspection tool with capabilities beyond human vision.
Foodborne illnesses have been repeatedly linked to consumption of contaminated food, including frequent incidents of food sources contaminated with fecal matter and pathogenic bacteria such as E. coli O157:H7, Salmonella, and Listeria. In the USA alone, meat and poultry account for 85 food product recalls per year. Of these recalls, 47% of incidents are due to microbial contamination. Meat and poultry recall increased by 96% from 2004 to 2014. Shelf life is also adversely affected by contamination. A cleaner product will have greater shelf life. This adds value through the entire supply chain providing less wastage, more shelf life and more time for consumption at home.