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Portable multispectral fluorescence imaging system for food safety applications
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Paper Abstract

Fluorescence can be a sensitive method for detecting food contaminants. Of particular interest is detection of fecal contamination as feces is the source of many pathogenic organisms. Feces generally contain chlorophyll a and related compounds due to ingestion of plant materials, and these compounds can readily be detected using fluorescence techniques. Described is a fluorescence-imaging system consisting primarily of a UV light source, an intensified camera with a six-position filter wheel, and software for controlling the system and automatically analyzing the resulting images. To validate the system, orchard apples artificially contaminated with dairy feces were used in a "hands-on" public demonstration. The contamination sites were easily identified using automated edge detection and threshold detection algorithms. In addition, by applying feces to apples and then washing sets of apples at hourly intervals, it was determined that five h was the minimum contact time that allowed identification of the contamination site after the apples were washed. There are many potential uses for this system, including studying the efficacy of apple washing systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 March 2004
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 5271, Monitoring Food Safety, Agriculture, and Plant Health, (30 March 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.516103
Show Author Affiliations
Alan M. Lefcourt, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (United States)
Moon S. Kim, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (United States)
Yud-Ren Chen, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5271:
Monitoring Food Safety, Agriculture, and Plant Health
George E. Meyer; Yud-Ren Chen; Shu-I Tu; Bent S. Bennedsen; Andre G. Senecal, Editor(s)

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