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Science and technology objective (STO) to develop tests for detecting microbial and chemical contaminants in food and water
Author(s): Paul L. Knechtges; Thomas P. Gargan; William D. Burrows
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Paper Abstract

The assurance of safe food and water is paramount to the health and performance of the warfighter. Any technology to assess the chemical and microbial purity of food and water under field conditions must meet rigorous criteria: it must be readily portable, provide timely results (no more than 4 hours), have adequate sensitivity (1 cfu/100 mL for potable water), be compatible with military power sources, and be of complexity appropriate for operation by a Preventive Medicine Specialist. The nomination of an Army Science and Technology Objective (STO) leads to assessment of existing technologies and commercial products; identification of users, regulators and developers; definition of essential capabilities; and consideration of potential obstructions. The U.S. Army Center for Environmental Health Research has identified a number of technologies for detecting microbial contaminants in food and water and has pursued development of the more promising examples. This paper examines developmental risks in the context of the STO and offers some insight and strategies to manage them.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 February 2002
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4575, Chemical and Biological Early Warning Monitoring for Water, Food, and Ground, (21 February 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.456908
Show Author Affiliations
Paul L. Knechtges, U.S. Army Ctr. for Environmental Health Research (United States)
Thomas P. Gargan, GEO-CENTERS, Inc. (United States)
William D. Burrows, U.S. Army Ctr. for Environmental Health Research (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4575:
Chemical and Biological Early Warning Monitoring for Water, Food, and Ground
Janet L. Jensen; Larry W. Burggraf, Editor(s)

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