Practical value of food pathogen traceability through building a whole-genome sequencing network and database

Marc W. Allard, Errol Strain, David Melka, Kelly Bunning, Steven M. Musser, Eric W. Brown, Ruth Timme

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Abstract

The FDA has created a United States-based open-source whole-genome sequencing network of state, federal, international, and commercial partners. The GenomeTrakr network represents a first-of-its-kind distributed genomic food shield for characterizing and tracing foodborne outbreak pathogens back to their sources. The GenomeTrakr network is leading investigations of outbreaks of foodborne illnesses and compliance actions with more accurate and rapid recalls of contaminated foods as well as more effective monitoring of preventive controls for food manufacturing environments. An expanded network would serve to provide an international rapid surveillance system for pathogen traceback, which is critical to support an effective public health response to bacterial outbreaks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1975-1983
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of clinical microbiology
Volume54
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Microbiology (medical)

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