Integrated photonic sensors: The NTC-UPV develops new fast, economical and effective detectors of Eschericia Coli in fresh meat
One of the biggest risks for the food industry is the intoxication of the population due to the presence of pathogens in their products. These harmful elements can come from the raw material itself in the slaughter of the animal or from any point of the production chain, which is why it is necessary to perform various microbiological and cleaning controls. Logically, the food safety regulations are strict and imply, for example, the immobilization of complete product items until the test results are negative. This waiting time is especially burdensome for the industry in the case of perishable products such as fresh meat.
Given this situation, a team of researchers from the Centro de Tecnología Nanofotónica of the Universitat Politècnica de Valencia (NTC-UPV), with the financing of the Agencia Valenciana de la Innovación (AVI), has developed integrated photonic sensors -Photonics Integrated Circuits ( PIC) -, intended for microbiological control in the meat industry.