IFSH Whole-Genome Sequencing for Food Safety Symposium
SEPTEMBER 28-30, 2016
Chicago Marriott Southwest at Burr Ridge
Burr Ridge, Illinois
Synopsis: Whole genome sequencing (WGS) has become the preferred method for reliably identifying a foodborne pathogen, finding its sources and implementing proper food safety control procedures. The Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH) Whole Genome Sequencing Symposium will educate and promote WGS technology among food industry professionals. IFSH aspires to encourage communication and collaborations between Food and Drug Administration (FDA), IFSH and the food industry in order to explore and implement the best methods of detection of foodborne microorganisms causing disease or food spoilage, formulate the best and most rapid response to any pathogen outbreak to assure public health.
What to expect: Participants will learn about the fast developing technologies for WGS, the specific applications and benefits of the IFSH WGS project and the services it provides for the food industry.
IFSH will present a preview of the current workflow from sample collection to the generation of data, analysis and submission of whole genome sequences to the GenomeTrakr database.
GenomeTrakr is an integrated consortium of the state, federal and international laboratories, initiated by FDA, with a focus on using WGS to catalogue, investigate and pinpoint the sources of foodborne pathogens. An overview of the current state of GenomeTrakr will be presented along with an update on its publicly available and rapidly expanding database that contains the genomic data for thousands of pathogenic bacterial strains including E. coli, Salmonella, Listeria and others. Data submission to this database will be discussed with participants.
The food industry's concerns for joining and/or expecting their collaborations with IFSH and FDA will also be discussed and addressed.
Who should attend: This workshop is for food safety professionals from industry, academia and government in food processing, food safety, quality assurance, regulatory functions, public health administration, and those involved in developing or using pathogen detection equipment and methods.
Location: The symposium will be hosted at the Chicago Marriott Southwest Hotel in Burr Ridge, Illinois.