Data underlying Modeling cost-effective monitoring schemes for food safety contaminants: Case study for dioxins in the dairy supply chain



The objective of this study was to design cost-effective monitoring schemes for food safety contaminants along the food production chain, given restricted monitoring budgets. As a case study, we focused on dioxins in the dairy supply chain with feed mills, dairy farms, dairy trucks and storage silos in dairy plants as possible control points. The cost-effectiveness of monitoring schemes was assessed using a model consisting of a simulation module and an optimization module. In the simulation module, the probability to collect at least one contaminated sample was computed for different sampling strategies (simple random sampling, stratified random sampling and systematic sampling) at each control point. The optimization module maximized the effectiveness of a monitoring scheme to identify the contaminated sample by determining the optimal sampling strategies, the optimal number of incremental samples collected, and the pooling rate (number of collected samples mixed into one aggregated sample) at each control point.
Date made available10 Nov 2021
PublisherWageningen University & Research
Temporal coverage2011 - 2020


  • food safety
  • dairy supply chain
  • dairy farms
  • dairy trucks
  • storage silos
  • dairy plants

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