Light technology improving food safety – Presented by Lien Smeesters, B-PHOT Brussels Photonics – VUB

Light technology improving food safety – Presented by Lien Smeesters, B-PHOT Brussels Photonics – Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) at the Healthy Nutrition Conference which takes place on June 29, 2017, at Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands.

Food safety and quality has become increasingly important in our society. Agriculture industries can benefit from photonics technologies to reduce the presence of contaminants in the food chain, protect personal health and limit food waste. We developed real-time, accurate and non-destructive sensing technologies that are indispensable for the detection of carcinogens in food. As an example, we illustrate the use of optical spectroscopy to monitor the acrylamide formation in potatoes, enabling the exclusion of potatoes unsuited for French fries production. Finally, we demonstrate the integration of optical sensing technologies into laser-based scanning systems, paving the way to an industrial implementation.

About Lien Smeesters
Lien Smeesters is a post-doctoral researcher at the B-PHOT Brussels Photonics Team, at Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Her main research is situated in the field of optical spectroscopy, and the use of optical sensing techniques for the detection of carcinogens. She is actively involved in applied-oriented research projects in collaboration with industry.

About B-PHOT Brussels Photonics
VUB B-PHOT is a leading centre of expertise in optics and photonics, developing smart solutions for, among others, food safety and industry 4.0. Internationally recognized for its fundamental and applied research, B-PHOT focusses also on industrial-oriented innovation. VUB Photonics Innovation Centre facilitates the complete technological value chain, from development to prototyping.

food-agri eventAbout Healthy Nutrition Conference 
How can innovation in nutrition help to improve the well being of the growing and ageing population in the world? With a growing and ageing population worldwide, the importance of healthy nutrition is of paramount importance. The impact of technology requires a cross-sector knowledge exchange and cooperation. This conference brings the food industry, retailers, foodservice providers, government and those working in nutrition, together to enable collaboration and innovation and to support a sustainable healthy nutrition landscape for the future.

The Healthy Nutrition Conference is part of the first global Innovative Food-Agri Event – a two-day event (Jun 28-29, 2017) that includes 4 dedicated conferences and an exhibition: 3D FoodPrinting Conference (Jun 28, 2017); Vertical Farming Conference (Jun 28, 2017); Healthy Nutrition Conference, (Jun 29 2017); Smart Farming Conference (Jun 29, 2017); Smart Food Farming Expo (Jun 28-29, 2017)

Focus topics: Smart & Healthy Ingredients; Sustainable Food Manufacturing; Protein Transition (e.g. insects and seaweed); Food design; Food Policy and Regulation; Innovative technologies for Healthy Nutrition; Food Science / R&D; Funding; Economic, business and social issues; Legal and Regulatory issues

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