Portable sensor system for control of agrifood processes and products

Effective food control systems are essential to protect the health of consumers. Such a system is also vital in enabling countries to assure safety and quality of food products for international trade and to verify that imported food products meet national requirements. Serious food safety incidents urged the European Union and other countries across the world to review their food safety systems and to look for better ways to protect consumers against unsafe food. Furthermore, the development and integration of advanced technologies into traditional food production has become one of the key enablers for the success of the European leading position, fostering the competitiveness of the European industry as well as optimising innovation.

November 2024

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Moreover, this integration will increase the availability of safe, sustainable and healthy food which has taken on a new and pressing dimension in the light of the ever-growing global population and increasing environmental and sustainability concerns. In this context, we present the development of a complete low-cost and rapid photonic sensor system for food safety control able to be integrated in food production lines for the quantitative, real-time, on/in-line (and even at/off-line) control of critical quality and performance attributes for raw and in-process materials during food processing.

The proposed system will provide • rapid targeted trace element speciation analysis using low-cost equipment in less than 30 minutes. Analysis made possible to be done by non-expert analysts with field measurements on-site in the production flow and a rapid response to legislation compliance for a certain foodstuff.

Presented by Amadeu Griol, Group leader Photonic technologies for Applied Diagnostics at Nanophotonics Technology Center -Universitat Politècnica de València-.

Amadeu has been working for more than 20 years in the field of micro and nano fabrication at clean-room. Currently, he is leading a research line exploring the use of photonic sensors for diagnostics including health, food safety and environmental control applications. The use of biosensor and lab-on-chip approaches are emerging technologies which are foreseen to be used in food control as well as health application. Among these sensors, those based on photonics have many advantages as high sensitivity or less power consumption. The use of nano/micro fabrication techniques has paved the way to obtain photonic sensors with mass-production capabilities.

About Amadeu Griol
He works as a senior researcher at the Nanophotonics Technology Center- Universistat Politècnica de València- where he is currently leading the Photonic Technologies for Apllied Diagnostics group. He has been working more than 20 years in electron-beam lithography and characterization of photonic devices for communication and sensing applications. He has written over 200 papers in international journals and conferences and participates as author in several patents, technical books and encyclopaedias.

About Nanophotonics Technology Center -Universitat Politècnica de València-
NTC is committed to innovation through knowledge and technology transfer to the industry and actively pursues the development of close ties with the socioeconomic environment on a local, national, and international level.
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Amadeu Griol is speaker at the 2023 edition of the Agrifood Innovation Event.