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.

This presentation contained the following:

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

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