Sensor Wireless is partner in cold chain risk management study

Jan. 15, 2010
Sensor Wireless Inc has been selected as the primary technology partner in a three-year study led by California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.

Sensor Wireless Inc has been selected as the primary technology partner in a three-year study led by California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.

The multi-institutional project entitled, “Predictive Growth Models for Escherichia coli O157:H7 on Fresh-Cut Produce during Transport and Cold Chain Distribution” will actively monitor time/temperature fluctuations that occur during commercial transport of leafy greens in various distribution systems. It will then use this data to develop and validate a predictive mathematical model for changes in E coli O157:H7 populations likely to occur during commercial distribution of leafy greens.

The model will be integrated with current risk assessments to better define risks associated with consumption of ready-to-eat bagged salad products. Data gathered during this research will also be used to provide training for packaging and distribution professionals on preventing food-borne illness through monitoring and traceability of “at risk” product during transport and distribution. This information will be critical for establishing best handling practices and scientifically based “best used by” dates that will reduce the risk of food-borne illness.

The proposed project complements the Sensor Wireless Thermal Probe Monitoring technology currently under pilot with one of North America's largest foodservice companies, and expected for commercial release in spring 2010.

For more information, visit www.sensorwireless.com.

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