Imprinted Polymers as Synthetic Receptors in Sensors for Food Safety

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Foodborne illnesses represent high costs worldwide in terms of medical care and productivity. To ensure safety along the food chain, technologies that help to monitor and improve food preservation have emerged in a multidisciplinary context. These technologies focus on the detection and/or removal of either biological (e.g., bacteria, virus, etc.) or chemical (e.g., drugs and pesticides) safety hazards. Imprinted polymers are synthetic receptors able of recognizing both chemical and biological contaminants. While numerous reviews have focused on the use of these robust materials in extraction and separation applications, little bibliography summarizes the research that has been performed on their coupling to sensing platforms for food safety. The aim of this work is therefore to fill this gap and highlight the multidisciplinary aspects involved in the application of imprinting technology in the whole value chain ranging from IP preparation to integrated sensor systems for the specific recognition and quantification of chemical and microbiological contaminants in food samples.

Original languageEnglish
Article number46
Number of pages29
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 11 Feb 2021


  • biomimetic sensor
  • food safety
  • imprinted polymers

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