Secure Food Solutions, Inc. (SFS) has a patented imaging technology to detect corn contaminated with aflatoxin. Aflatoxin (AF) is a carcinogenic fungal toxin that affects 25% of the world's crops, including corn. AF contamination in corn has been linked to:
• 30% of global liver cancer cases; and high rates of childhood stunting in Africa
• Pet food recalls in the US (e.g. Iams, Old Yeller, River Run and Marksman brands)
• $200-300 M in crop loss in US during normal years; $1 B or more in drought years

In US grain handling operations, chemical tests for AF in corn take > 10 minutes to run, while grain elevators need to unload a truck every 2 minutes. Testing suffers a 25-40% error rate, due largely to a sampling process dependent on the representative validity of a 5-10-lb composite sample taken from a 50,000-lb truckload. The result is greater risk of contaminated corn entering the food supply at the grain elevator, as well as downstream at feed mills and food processors receiving...
Secure Food Solutions, Inc. (SFS) has a patented imaging technology to detect corn contaminated with aflatoxin. Aflatoxin (AF) is a carcinogenic fungal toxin that affects 25% of the world's crops, including corn. AF contamination in corn has been linked to:
• 30% of global liver cancer cases; and high rates of childhood stunting in Africa
• Pet food recalls in the US (e.g. Iams, Old Yeller, River Run and Marksman brands)
• $200-300 M in crop loss in US during normal years; $1 B or more in drought years

In US grain handling operations, chemical tests for AF in corn take > 10 minutes to run, while grain elevators need to unload a truck every 2 minutes. Testing suffers a 25-40% error rate, due largely to a sampling process dependent on the representative validity of a 5-10-lb composite sample taken from a 50,000-lb truckload. The result is greater risk of contaminated corn entering the food supply at the grain elevator, as well as downstream at feed mills and food processors receiving truckloads of corn. While increased sampling per truck would reduce the high sampling error, it’s too difficult for the elevator to pull more corn or run more tests without causing further delay to operations.

The other big problem is that trucks get docked in value or rejected for AF, even though contamination is likely in just a small "hot spot" in the truck. There’s currently no way to remove the bad corn and protect the value of the good corn. And farmers pay the price.

SFS patented imaging technology for aflatoxin testing in corn is Rapid, Reliable and Non-Destructive. Developed by scientists at Mississippi State University and USDA-ARS labs, the technology relies on the unique spectral fluorescence of aflatoxin contaminated corn under UV light, and a programmed algorithm for detection. With a processing time under 10 seconds, over 60 samples could be screened with SFS technology in the same period of time it takes to run one chemical test.

SFS is developing partnerships with ag equipment cos. to license and integrate our rapid, reliable and non-destructive imaging technology into hardware systems for: (1) Batch Pre-Screeners to enhance robustness of the overall aflatoxin screening process without slowing down operations; and (2) High volume optical sorters for aflatoxin screening and removal. These companies have well-developed marketing channels, manufacturing capacity, and brand credibility to reach the broadest market with the best equipment.
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