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The VITAL project combines lab-on-chip rapid method and Artificial Intelligence for the rapid method validation

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a revolutionary tool bursting into several fields, offering notable advantages such as speed, accuracy, a recommendation of actions, and faster decisions. Microbiology is a field in which AI could be beneficial, and currently, there are some AI projects under development. This blog reports an innovative project that relies on a combination of two of the most cutting-edge innovations: lab-on-chip rapid method and AI. It is a food safety related-project, focused on the search of a personalized validation scheme for a lab-on-chip rapid method for Salmonella detection by using AI. One of the drawbacks of adopting a...

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The mysterious outbreak of Salmonella Newport solved: red onions from California are the culprit

For several weeks an outbreak of Salmonella Newport is casing illnesses in numerous states in the US and Canada. The FDA and CDC had difficulty identifying the source. However, the research showed that the outbreaks in the US and Canada have a genetic fingerprint closely related to each other. Earlier Friday, the Public Health Agency of Canada announced a recall by Sysco of its red onions, imported from the US because traceback work showed them to be related to the outbreak in Canada. Based on the Canadian information, and epidemiologic data on the US outbreak from CDC, and the FDA’s...

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How Salmonella can circumvent the lettuce built-in defense mechanism

Scientists from the University of Delaware, Newark, DE, published an interesting article in Frontiers in Microbiology showing how Salmonella enterica Typhimurium, when applied to lettuce leaves, have found a way of avoiding the plant defenses and find their way into the lettuce leaves. As a result, they get into the lettuce leaves and, thereby, get protection against the plant immune systems. The entrance into the plant prevents Salmonella from being washed off in the kitchen. Washing and even chemical treatments cannot remove the Salmonella that has already found its way into the leaves of a plant. The results showed that...

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AI, robotics, process automation: are they new movers in the food industry?

The FDA announced the coming of a new era of smarter food safety. The technologies mentioned included blockchain, novel sensor technology, the Internet of Things (IoT), and artificial intelligence (AI). These technologies are likely to be more prevalent in the food industry soon. One interesting use of AI is to predict food safety risks using social media sources such as Twitter, Facebook, and Yelp as well as restaurants (Chick-fil-A), and suppliers (Amazon) to generate information about food that should be recalled. AI and ML can detect and predict potential safety issues before they occur and optimize time between cleaning and...