Whole genome sequencing (WGS) is rapidly gaining traction as a tool for identifying the exact origins of an illness outbreak—but what is it and how does it work? On August 25, Western Growers, in partnership with the Produce Marketing Association and the United Fresh Produce Association, will host a free webinar briefing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on this tool.
In recent food safety conferences, prominent researchers and key regulatory officials have indicated that the use of WGS in surveillance and investigative programs is increasing. These types of effective and advanced tools will impact the produce industry.
WGS technology is a hot topic and has given rise to many questions. How is WGS different from Pulsed-field Gel Electrophoresis and other molecular fingerprinting tools? How is the regulatory community using it? What are the pros and cons to the produce industry? During the webinar, FDA experts on WGS will provide an overview of this technology, as well as share how it is being used for regulatory and produce safety research.
Don’t miss this opportunity to ask the FDA questions and better understand how WGS could impact your business. REGISTER HERE to hear about the impact of WGS in the produce industry and share your thoughts.
Industry Webinar: How is Whole Genome Sequencing Impacting the Produce Industry?
Date: Thursday, August 25, 2016
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PST / 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST
Featured Speakers from FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition:
Dr. Ruth Timme, Research Microbiologist at the FDA’s Office of Regulatory Science
Dr. Errol Strain, Director of the Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Staff in the Office of Analytics and Outreach
Ms. Karen Jarvis, Research Microbiologist in the Virulence Mechanisms Branch
Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5840957986960565762
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