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

A two-year externally funded project by:

This project will build a simulation model to solve the problem of how to best take many samples of bulk products for food safety testing. That way, industries can use that knowledge to create sampling plans, and sampling devices, for their products that achieve important food safety goals. The general objective of this project is to build a validated and ready-to-use simulation model of bulk product sampling to improving sampling plans. The specific aims are:

  • Build a bulk product sampling simulation model for food safety testing.
  • Validate the simulation model against reported bulk product sampling.
  • Validate corn-aflatoxin simulation against experimental Texas corn sampling.
  • Build a user interface to parameterize the simulation model by answering a series of web-based questions.

ILSI, and my group, is committed to open, honest science particularly when industry stakeholder come together to aggregate support for important projects such as this.  Therefore, you can find a complete pre-registration of this project under the Open Science Framework: Project Public Registration.

And additional information on the funder’s website of projects.

There is a video update of a poster presentation at IAFP 2019 here.