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J Food Prot. 2014 Apr;77(4):670-90. doi: 10.4315/0362-028X.JFP-13-138.

Assessment criteria and approaches for rapid detection methods to be used in the food industry.

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1
Department of Food Science, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853, USA. mw16@cornell.edu.
2
Department of Food Science, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853, USA; Food, Nutrition and Health, Faculty of Land and Food Systems, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V6T 1Z4.
3
Mars, Inc., McLean, Virginia 22101, USA.
4
Department of Animal and Food Sciences, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas 79409, USA.

Abstract

The number of commercially available kits and methods for rapid detection of foodborne pathogens continues to increase at a considerable pace, and the diversity of methods and assay formats is reaching a point where it is very difficult even for experts to weigh the advantages and disadvantages of different methods and to decide which methods to choose for a certain testing need. Although a number of documents outline quantitative criteria that can be used to evaluate different detection methods (e.g., exclusivity and inclusivity), a diversity of criteria is typically used by industry to select specific methods that are used for pathogen detection. This article is intended to provide an overall outline of criteria that the food industry can use to evaluate new rapid detection methods, with a specific focus on nucleic acid-based detection methods.

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24680083
DOI:
10.4315/0362-028X.JFP-13-138
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