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Food Biodefense

Meta Description: Food is vulnerable to intentional contamination by lethal agents and prevention of contamination, whether accidental or the result of a deliberate introduction of chemical or biological agents poses a significant challenge. However, the risk of human exposure can be reduced by the ability to quickly detect contamination, which will help elicit a more rapid response.

The complexity of the different food matrices poses a significant challenge and the ability to rapidly concentrate and detect agents is critical to mitigating any effect of a foodborne bioterrorist attack. The development of science and technology platforms for extraction and concentration of bio threat agents such as anthrax spores from food matrices to enhance the sensitivity of downstream detection technologies and the rapid detection is important.

Anthrax spores from five food matrices with high sensitivity. In addition, novel methods involving the use of sequence based assays have been developed for the detection of Bacillus anthraces spores and Yersinia pestis from food matrices. These tools will allow the rapid, specific, and sensitive detection and screening of these bio threat agents in food matrices. The ability to rapidly identify an agent during a bioterrorist attack allows a more rapid response to minimize the impact on public health.

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