Background

A paradigm shift in food quality and safety testing is required in order to free resources for an intensified combat against fraud in the food chain. As an enabling technology solution to the problem, FoodSmartphone proposes the development of smartphone-based (bio)analytical sensing and diagnostic tools, for simplified on-site pre-screening of quality and safety parameters and wireless data transfer to servers of relevant stakeholders.
The consortium has been built upon highly complementary disciplines: (bio)analytical chemists, biologists, physicists, micro/nano-engineers, mathematicians, organic- and food chemists will work together on the joint supra-disciplinary goal.
FoodSmartphone offers the ESRs (early-stage researchers) an extensive programme of both mandatory and optional network-wide training events and intersectoral secondments.
The scientific training in novel smartphone-based sensing technologies plus the complementary skills training provided, will have a major impact on future EU monitoring practices and, moreover, pave the road for Citizen Science.

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    FoodSmartphone video: Consumer – Operable multiples allergen immunodetection

    November 26, 2020
    Georgina Ross (ESR1), Wageningen Food Safety Research (WSFR), The Netherlands presented her research on occasion od Virtual Open Day Smart Tech for Food #ST4F.

    Video demonstration of a consumer-operable, prototype immunosensor for multiplex food allergen detection. The system allows for total solid sample preparation including homogenisation, liquid extraction and filtration, and connects with a 3D-printed unibody lab on a chip (ULOC) device for dilution of concentrated samples into the appropriate assay dynamic working range. The ULOC enables on-chip bioreagent storage, pipette free sample dilution and combined with a lateral flow immunoassay (LFIA) allows for detection of hazelnut and peanut allergens with a smartphone-based readout (video).

    FoodSmartphone video: Portable detection of food contaminants with a smartphone

    November 26, 2020
    Jordi Nelis (ESR3), Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), United Kingdom presented his research on occasion od Virtual Open Day Smart Tech for Food #ST4F.

    In this video I explain how to turn a smartphone into an analytical device to detect food contaminants. Two distinct systems are shown. In the first system the smartphone camera is used to perform a colorimetric test. In the second system an electrochemical approach is shown. Both methods can be used for on-site contaminant detection (video).

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