USM Receives Food Safety Research Grant

The two departments will research a plastic film called toxin guard, which uses antibody testing enabling researchers to detect pathogens and other selected microorganisms.

"The idea here is to have a sensor in food wraps that will detect toxic organisms that might have grown in the food while sitting in the market or in a refrigerator," Shelby F. Thames, university president, was quoted as saying.

Thames explained researchers are in the beginning stages of the project, and both the polymer science and biochemistry departments will take part in researching the new product.


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