Recent advances in biosensor development for foodborne virus detection

Suresh Neethirajan*, Syed Rahin Ahmed, Rohit Chand, John Buozis, Éva Nagy

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Outbreaks of foodborne diseases related to fresh produce have been increasing in North America and Europe. Viral foodborne pathogens are poorly understood, suffering from insufficient awareness and surveillance due to the limits on knowledge, availability, and costs of related technologies and devices. Current foodborne viruses are emphasized and newly emerging foodborne viruses are beginning to attract interest. To face current challenges regarding foodborne pathogens, a point-of-care (POC) concept has been introduced to food testing technology and device. POC device development involves technologies such as microfluidics, nanomaterials, biosensors and other advanced techniques. These advanced technologies, together with the challenges in developing foodborne virus detection assays and devices, are described and analysed in this critical review. Advanced technologies provide a path forward for foodborne virus detection, but more research and development will be needed to provide the level of manufacturing capacity required.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)272-295
Number of pages24
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Biosensor
  • Foodborne virus
  • Microfluidics
  • Nanomaterials
  • Point-of-care

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