whole genome sequencing (WGS)

A Listeria outbreak that affected more than 50 people was the biggest fish-product-related incident in Germany, according to researchers.

The large listeriosis outbreak with 55 cases affected Germany, Austria, Denmark, and Switzerland during 2020 and 2021. Three people died.

Investigations of food samples identified Listeria monocytogenes from smoked rainbow trout

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Officials in Denmark are investigating three separate Listeria monocytogenes outbreaks that have affected almost 30 people with eight deaths reported.  

The Statens Serum Institut, Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (Fødevarestyrelsen) and DTU Food Institute are trying to find the sources of these outbreaks.

One had already been reported but the

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One-third of survey respondents in low and middle-income countries do not use whole genome sequencing, according to a study.

Only 8 percent reported using WGS in a routine, real-time way, highlighting minimal uptake of the technology for foodborne disease surveillance outside the United States, Canada, and Europe.

The main barriers
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The Food and Drug Administration’s Grand Rounds is presenting a zoom webcast on MinION Sequencing of Foodborne Pathogens with speaker Jason Neal-McKinney, Ph.D., on Thursday, April 14.

Whole genome sequencing enables the FDA and other public health laboratories to identify, characterize, and track foodborne pathogens based on their genetic sequence.
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Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) provides new opportunities for improving bacterial food safety but also brings with it some concerns, according to Belgian experts.

An opinion by the Scientific Committee of the Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FASFC) made several recommendations about implementing the technology in Belgium.
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Almost 100 comments have been submitted on the World Health Organization’s (WHO) draft food safety strategy.

A total of 99 responses were submitted, mainly from government or ministries officers, followed by the private sector, NGOs and academic institutions, United Nations agencies and other IGOs and individuals.

The draft strategy for
Continue Reading WHO reveals feedback on food safety strategy: one goal is integration