whole genome sequencing (WGS)

A multi-year outbreak of Listeria infections traced to peaches, nectarines, and plums has been declared over by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In its final update, the CDC reported that the seven-state outbreak had sickened 11 people and killed one. One of the patients was pregnant and went

Continue Reading CDC says the Listeria outbreak linked to peaches is over, with one dead

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) plans to publish reports on cell-based food, precision fermentation, and whole genome sequencing (WGS) in 2024.

FAO and the China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA) held a meeting on cell-based food production and precision fermentation in Shanghai in November 2023. A report on

Continue Reading WGS and cell-based food on FAO’s 2024 agenda

Most people think of foodborne illness outbreaks as spanning a few days or weeks. But, with current technology, disease detectives can find patients of a single outbreak spread across several years and multiple states.

That is the case with an ongoing outbreak of Listeria illnesses linked to fresh peaches that

Continue Reading High technology is the key to detecting foodborne outbreaks over space and time

Most technical aspects related to sequencing have been solved but data sharing and trust remain key issues, according to experts in Europe.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and EU Commission’s Inter-European Union Reference Laboratories (EURL) Working Group on Next Genome Sequencing (NGS) organized the second Science Meets Policy conference

Continue Reading Data sharing and trust highlighted at EFSA WGS event

According to a study, the Salmonella prevalence on tested foods on sale in the United Kingdom was low but highest for imported frozen chicken.

Researchers from the Quadram Institute and the University of East Anglia in England isolated Salmonella from 42 food samples.

Salmonella isolates collected from food using whole genome

Continue Reading Researchers explore the significance of Salmonella-positive foods in the UK.