May 10, 2022

Upcoming WG Science Webinar: REP Strains, the CDC and FDA’s Perspective, and STEC Investigation Learnings

The development of whole genome sequencing (WGS) has improved foodborne illness surveillance and outbreak detection. Use of WGS has led to the recognition of some pathogenic strains that cause reoccurring, emerging, or persisting (REP) illness.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and other federal and state partners are now tracking several REP strains, which are groups of genetically related bacteria related that continue to cause illnesses over time or may cause repeated outbreaks.

In a May 18 webinar hosted by the Western Growers Science team, you will hear from FDA and CDC representatives as they share information on REP strain definitions, current knowledge, as well as their perspectives and findings from ongoing REP tracking activities and STEC outbreak investigations.

You won’t want to miss this exclusive Western Growers member opportunity! Please click here to register for the May 18 webinar, which will be held at 11 a.m. PT.