Simulating Large-Number Bulk-Product Sampling to Improve Food Safety Sampling Plans

Drawing an accurate conclusion about whether a food ingredient or product is safe based on the result of a test is important to the evaluation and management of food safety risk. It is critical that sampling plans maximize the probability of finding a target hazard in an ingredient or a finished product, particularly with non-uniform and low level contamination. Sample collection in bulk ingredients is typically done manually in the food industry, but manual sampling is time-consuming and laborious, and often results in sampling inconsistency. Therefore, a different approach is needed for rapid and efficient collection of representative samples of these products. The goal of this project is to build a validated and ready-to-use simulation model of bulk product sampling to improving sampling plans.

Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Principal Investigator: Matthew Stasiewicz, PhD
Year Awarded: 2018

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