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Development of a Simple, Quantitative Kit to Test Vegetables and Fruits for…

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
72588
Program Year/Program:
2006 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
2005-00257
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Scientific Methods, Inc.
12441 Beckley St. Granger, IN 46530
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 2
Fiscal Year: 2006
Title: Development of a Simple, Quantitative Kit to Test Vegetables and Fruits for Evidence of Fecal Contamination
Agency: USDA
Contract: 2006-33610-17710
Award Amount: $296,000.00
 

Abstract:

One of the most vulnerable sectors in the food industry includes "ready-to-eat" fruits and vegetables that may be consumed without peeling, pasteurization, or cooking. Increases in the year-round consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables that are out of season in the United States, coupled with the relaxation of international trade restrictions, have resulted in significant increases in the importation of produce from developing countries where oversight of irrigation, washing, and handling practices may not be as stringent as in the U.S. Because this produce is generally not cooked prior to consumption, foodborne outbreaks can result from microbiological contamination of crops irrigated using substandard water, reclaimed water or wastewater. Because it may never be possible to test ready-to-eat food products directly for all possible microbial contaminants, the development and commercialization of rapid, simple and economical indirect testing methods for assessing fecal contamination is highly desirable. This proposal addresses the need to develop a robust, rapid and economical method for the determination of fecal contamination of ready-to-eat produce.

Principal Investigator:

Fu-Chih Hsu
5742774078
fuchih@scientificmethods.com

Business Contact:

Fu-Chih Hsu
Director of Operations
5742774078
fuschim@scientificmethods.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

Scientific Methods, Inc.
12441 Beckley Street Granger, IN 46530

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No