An estimated 48 million Americans get sick due to foodborne diseases every year; of those 48 million, 128 thousand will be hospitalized and 3 thousand will die, according to an Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist. Many of these cases could be avoided if the available technology to test for microbes, pathogens, and toxins were less expensive.
Thankfully, Reuven Rasooly, an ARS chemist at the Western Regional Research Center in Albany, California, has developed a new system that is much less expensive and detects the Shiga toxin, which is a product of E. coli O157:H7, a pathogen that alone causes 73,000 cases of food poisoning and results in about 60 deaths in the U.S. every year.
Rasooly and his colleagues participated in a recent study to prove their camera system was just as effective as a fluorometer, which was previously used to detect the Shiga toxin. Both instruments revealed the same toxin levels, and the difference between the two is that a fluorometer costs about $35,000 and the camera costs about $300. The camera’s settings can be adjusted to test for Aflatoxin B1, which affects crops and foods worldwide, reaching about 4.5 billion people, according to Rasooly.
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