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Dear recipient,

We are contacting you regarding a research project funded by the European Commission (http://love-food-project.eu/doku.php) and conducted by FORTH partner in Greece (http://www.imbb.forth.gr/index.php/en/).

The scope of this research project is the development of a high accuracy bacteria detection device for the food industry and we are now seeking for input from end-users regarding the desirable system specifications.

We would be grateful if you could take a few minutes of your time to complete the questions.

We would like to emphasize that all personal and company data collected will be kept confidential. The content of the questionnaire will not be disclosed; only results related to your specific food sector (dairy, fish etc.) will be used for the needs of the specific project.

Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Electra Gizeli

Project Coordinator
Professor
Univ. of Crete, Dept. of Biology & IMBB, FORTH
http://www.imbb.forth.gr/people/gizeli
GENERAL INFORMATION
1. Please, specify the importance of detecting the presence of the following bacteria during the production of your products.
Unimportant Very Important
Bacteria 1 2 3 4 5
Salmonella
Listeria
E.coli
B.cereus
Other
2. Please, specify the number of analyses that your company perform daily (d) or monthly (m).
Number Salmonella Listeria E.coli B.cereus Other
d m d m d m d m d m
> 50
50 - 100
100 - 500
>500
3. How long does each test last?
Salmonella Listeria E.coli B.cereus Other
< 1 day
1-2 days
>2 days, please specify no of days
4. For the following bacteria please specify the accuracy level of the analysis you desire (minimum number of detected bacteria) and amount and type of sample (for example, 1 Salmonella cell in 25 g of milk).
Salmonella Listeria E.coli B.cereus Other
Minimum number of detected bacteria (eg. 1)
Amount of sample (eg. 25 gr)
Type of sample (eg. Milk)
5. In which stages of the production is the detection of the following bacteria performed on a routine basis?
Salmonella Listeria E.coli B.cereus Other
Receipt of raw materials
Quality control during production
Verification of equipment cleanliness and disinfection
Testing of food production surfaces
Storage
Final product verification
At the time of delivery
6. How important for you are the following factors in selecting an analysis device?
Unimportant Very Important
1 2 3 4 5
Speed of analysis
Price of the equipment
Consumables’ cost
Portability
Simplicity of operation
Quantitative analysis
7. Do you use portable equipment for your analysis? Yes: No:
If yes, please specify the name of the device and in which stages of the production you are using it.
8. Please, specify next to each of the following how important it would be for your company to have a bacteria detection device that would give accurate results in less than 12 hours.
Unimportant Very Important
Bacteria 1 2 3 4 5
Salmonella
Listeria
E.coli
B.cereus
Other
9. What is the cost per test currently employed to detect the following bacteria? What would be the desired cost range per test?
Salmonella Listeria E.coli B.cereus Other
Current cost/test (€)
Desired cost/test (€)
10. Please, indicate the brand name of Salmonella kit/detection method you are using and any other issues related to the bacteria detection equipment that you consider important.

Thank you for your co-operation