Headlines reporting food-contamination outbreaks often reach the first page of newspapers globally. Victims of such events are obviously humans, but also the food industry and consumers’ confidence to it and food-safety measures. The need for introducing a paradigmatic change in food control and testing is now recognised as urgent within Europe and the USA.
The LOVE-FOOD project is precisely addressing this problem by providing an innovative method for food safety management. It promises to deliver a simple and fully automated platform for the detection of food-pathogens, with the proof-of-principle to be demonstrated for Salmonella detection in milk. The new technology will overcome the main problems of current methods, by providing a time-to-response of less than 4hrs, as opposed to the currently required 2-3 days, and a simple, automated and portable system, as opposed to current labor-intensive and lab-based methods.