Quick, easy test helps ensure safe meat

Quick, easy test helps ensure safe meatScientist have reported a new simple and quick test that food manufacturers can use to determine if their meat is safe or not. Although a regular sniff test may be an effective means to test if meat within our homes is safe to consume, larger manufacturers require an effective test that can be done on large quantities of meat to ensure quality.

Transporting meat and seafood while it is still fresh is a large priority for distributors. Current strategies to determine meat freshness require slow, bulky equipment that can affect real-time analysis. Yanke Che and colleagues wanted to create a quick and easy test that could provide fast and time-sensitive results.


The research team developed highly fluorescent, hollow nanotubes that grow dim when they react with compounds given off by meat as it decomposes. For testing, the team sealed commercial samples of a variety of meat in containers for four days. The portable system was then exposed to vapor emitted from the samples and reaction was seen within an hour’s time. This is fast enough to measure real-time freshness. Lastly, if the tubes glowed dim by more than 10 percent, it indicated the meat was spoiled.

The findings were published in ACS Sensors.

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Devon Andre has been involved in the health and dietary supplement industry for a number of years. Devon has written extensively for Bel Marra Health. He has a Bachelor of Forensic Science from the University of Windsor, and went on to complete a Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh. Devon is keenly aware of trends and new developments in the area of health and wellness. He embraces an active lifestyle combining diet, exercise and healthy choices. By working to inform readers of the options available to them, he hopes to improve their health and quality of life.