The use of Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) is now commonplace technology in food regulatory agencies and has enhanced the ability of public health agencies to respond to risks associated with food pathogens as well as foodborne illnesses and outbreaks. On the other hand, the food industry is slowly uncovering WGS capabilities that can support food safety activities such as routine monitoring, root cause analysis or the assessment of quality and spoilage issues.

If you are interested in walking through how to access and use WGS data, don’t miss this online demonstration. Join us and learn about how to use and interpret WGS public data.

This presentation will discuss the following:

  • Provide an overview about pathogen detection
  • Discuss recent produce-related WGS data additions to public databases
  • Review E. coli clusters linked to the romaine outbreaks between 2016 and 2019

There will be a short Q&A session after the demonstration.


  • Dr. Martin Wiedmann, Professor of Food Safety, Cornell University
  • Dr. Renato Orsi, Senior Research Associate, Department of Food Science, Cornell University

Event Time: 

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - 9:00am to 10:00am

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