Simulating Powdered Product Sampling to Improve Food Safety Sampling Plans

A 1-year and 3 month project funded by IAFNS:

The overall objective of this project is to build a simulation for powdered product testing. This work would provide not just comprehensive guidance on generic powder plans, but a tool for industry to assess their specific concerns when working to improve their food safety testing plans. The objectives of the project are:

  • Leverage an existing bulk product simulation model developed by our lab to model
    powder sampling for microbiological safety and validate against academic data..
  • Benchmark the ability of existing industry sampling plans to detect food safety
    and quality hazards at relevant prevalence and levels.
  • Develop a web-based graphical user interface so that producers could assess
    sampling plans for their own processes and suppliers could develop science-based requirements to manage specific risks

More information can be found on the funder’s website.