Potential areas we believe fecal detection dogs may be helpful:
1. Canine detection services could be a part of the growers assessment of relevant areas for evidence of potential contamination.
2. Assist farm personnel in their required visual assessment of the entire designated harvest area. Canine/Handler teams would greatly reduce the time needed for this task and increase accuracy.
3. Assist with clearing other areas of a farm after contamination has been found in one section.
4. Assist in prioritizing produce samples for analytical testing for contamination before or after an outbreak.
5. Inspecting processed and packaged produce before it is shipped to customers.
6. Inspection of equipment and tools for fecal contamination residue could be another role for fecal contamination detection dogs although this was not a part of the validation study.
7. Produce purchasers could utilize detector dogs to inspect shipments at their site or require this technology is utilized before shipment to them.
8. Could detection dogs be utilized to increase consumers confidence in Romaine lettuce once again?
9. Is it possible these specially trained and certified canine/handler teams could play a role in the importation of produce from other nations?
10 Is it it possible that private import companies and/or government agencies could have trucks sniffed for fecal contamination at the borders as they do for drugs?