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Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) for the Food Industry Current Procedures, Adv...
Mon, May 22, 2017, 12:00 PM – Tue, May 23, 2017, 4:30 PM CDT
An IFSH Symposium, May 22-23, 2017
Synopsis: Various governmental agencies that oversee and safeguard human health and food safety
have embraced whole genome sequencing (WGS) technology as a next step in the evolution of the
diagnostic tools to positively identify and track microorganisms that influence our food safety and health.
Recognizing its superiorities over the traditional tools, they are moving fast to implement it in their daily
investigative and regulatory procedures. However, its extensive use by the food industry to improve food
safety and quality has been impeded for a variety of reasons. In this symposium, we will hear from the
leading industry practitioners about the hurdles to implement, use and benefit from WGS technology, the
obstacles they have encountered, and their real life or potential solutions. Also, in order to demystify the
whole regulatory process, the experts from FDA, CDC and FSIS/USDA will present the current
standardized methodologies, the inter-agencies synergies and convergences in various areas including
analytical methodologies, data interpretations and validation.
What to expect: In this symposium, the industry practitioners will talk about the obstacles hampering the
recognition, adoption and implementation of the WGS technology by the industry, and the difficulties
delaying it to formulate, design and employ the more advanced food safety measures based on this new
technology. A panel of industry experts will be present to answer the questions from the participants.
The participants will also have the chance to learn about the procedural guidelines that regulatory
agencies follow at each step from sample collections and processing, WGS data production and
interpretation, to making a regulatory decision and taking actions. Case studies will be presented to
explain these guidelines in more details, using real life examples. A panel of experts from the
governmental agencies will be there to answer the questions and concerns of the attendees.
Monday, May 22, 2017:
Presentations: From 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Networking Event: From 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Tuesday, May 23, 2017:
Presentations: From 8:30 am to 2:00 pm
Networking Event: From 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Who should attend: This symposium 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.
Sponsorship: Please contact Armand Paradis at email@example.com for information about sponsorship opportunities.
Program Contact: Cindy Koschetz | firstname.lastname@example.org