By Ryan S. Thompson, Deposition Sciences, Inc. (DSI)
Foodborne diseases affect approximately 48 million people in the US each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The Food Safety Modernization Act, signed into law in 2011, was written to strengthen the food safety system by boosting the US Food and Drug Administration's ability to be more proactive in managing the nation's food production industry. Improving online food inspection techniques will go a long way toward striking down foodborne illness, and improved machine vision systems will make this possible.
Reprinted with permission from the July 2011 issue of Photonics Spectra (Laurin Publishing Co. Inc.)