Miniaturized Device Will Detect Food-Borne Pathogens in Meat

Oct 26, 2016

In Alberta’s meat processing facilities, products must be regularly tested for harmful food-borne pathogens like E.coli. Samples are usually sent to an off-site laboratory for analysis, a process that’s
both expensive and slow.But an AI Bio–supported project could radically change this. Three University of Alberta researchers—Drs. Lynn McMullen (food microbiology), Linda Pilarski (oncology /device development), and Patrick Pilarski (medicine/machine learning)—are developing a miniaturized device that can process samples within a few hours. This is much faster than
most laboratories, which take a minimum of 12 hours.