Interactions of insolation and shading on ability to use fluorescence imaging to detect fecal contaminated Spinach

Alan M. Lefcourt, Mark C Siemens

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Abstract

Fecal contamination of produce in fields is a recognized food safety risk, and it is a requirement that fields be surveyed for evidence of fecal contamination. It may be possible to increase the efficacy of such surveys using imaging techniques that rely on detection of fluorescence responses of fecal material to UV excitation. However, fluorescence responses are easily masked by ambient illumination. This study investigated the potential of using a shroud to reduce the impact of ambient illumination on responses measured using relatively inexpensive optical components. During periods of near peak insolation, even with full shrouding, results indicate that reliable detection would be problematic. Towards dusk, effective imaging could be accomplished even with a gap of 250 cm at the bottom of the shroud. Results suggest that imaging using relatively inexpensive components could provide the basis for detection of fecal contamination in produce fields if surveys were conducted during dawn or dusk, or at night.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1041
JournalApplied Sciences (Switzerland)
Volume7
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 12 2017

Keywords

  • Fluorescence imaging
  • Food safety
  • Hyperspectral imaging
  • Imaging
  • Leafy greens

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Instrumentation
  • Engineering(all)
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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