Whole genome sequencing offers new possibilities for foodborne outbreak detection and investigation, source attribution and hazard identification, according to an EFSA panel.

The scientific opinion by the panel on Biological Hazards covers use of whole genome sequencing (WGS) and metagenomics for outbreak investigation, source attribution and risk assessment of foodborne
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Expanding use of whole genome sequencing pathogen analysis globally will improve trace back investigations during foodborne outbreaks, according to researchers.

A study published in the journal Eurosurveillance reports experiences of using whole genome sequencing (WGS) data to investigate outbreaks of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) O157:H7 in England between 2013
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Swedish officials are investigating a national outbreak of Salmonella that has sickened 33 people.

Local counties, Livsmedelsverket (National Food Agency) and Folkhälsomyndigheten (Public Health Agency) are working together to investigate the illnesses and identify the source of infection.

The outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis with multiple locus variable number of tandem
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The first molecular-typing based cluster analyses at the European level has shown “very high performance,” according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

The eighth external quality assessment (EQA-8) scheme for the typing of Salmonella was organized for public health national reference laboratories (PH NRLs) in
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