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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:
2005 / 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 1
Fiscal Year: 2005
Title: Development of a Simple, Quantitative Kit to Test Vegetables and Fruits for Evidence of Fecal Contamination
Agency: USDA
Contract: 2005-33610-15554
Award Amount: $79,917.00
 

Abstract:

Foodborne outbreaks of infectious disease have been associated with the contamination of fresh produce by infectious microorganisms such as hepatitis A virus. However, the indicator microorganisms currently used to assess the level of contamination in fresh produce are limited to bacterial microorganisms such as the total and fecal coliform groups that may have shorter half lives than the true enteric pathogens of interest. These bacterial indicators may not correlate with the presence/absence of enteric viruses effectively in fresh produce that may be consumed raw and sometimes fail to indicate contamination events. The project is to develop a simple and quantitative kit to detect coliphages as improved indicator microorganisms that more accurately index fecal contamination events. At the conclusion of the phase I study, the conceptual framework will be field-validated in a multi-state study to establish its robustness.

Principal Investigator:

Fu-Chih Hsu
5472774078
fuchih@scientificmethods.com

Business Contact:

Fu-Chih Hsu
5472774078
fuchih@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