Archive | June, 2016

GenomeTrakr: Transforming Food Safety

pathogensJune 27, 2016

FDA has posted a new video about the cutting-edge work of the GenomeTrakr network. The network, consisting of laboratories with whole genome sequencing capabilities, was established to facilitate the sharing of pathogen sequence data between public health agencies, academia, and the food industry, with the goal of preventing large-scale foodborne illness outbreaks.

Whole genome sequencing lets scientists look at the DNA fingerprint of pathogens, bacteria that cause disease. The FDA is increasingly using this technology to more rapidly identify foodborne pathogens and trace them to their source with unprecedented detail and clarity.

Contributing laboratories upload a pathogen’s genetic sequence, as well as information about where the pathogen was gathered, into the publicly accessible GenomeTrakr database. The information can then be used to speed outbreak investigations and to inform foodborne illness prevention strategies in food facilities and on farms.

To see this and other videos on this technology, visit the GenomeTrakr Video Library.

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We are now Quality Leaders

easyfsma to qln2

We are evolving, now we are Quality Leaders. The ASQ FDC Division is the proud sponsor of qualityleaders.org. This website, “Quality Leaders,” is maintained in association with the Quality Leaders Network (QLN) group. Its purpose is to provide a space that allows academia, industry, and FDA to exchange information, to network, to collaborate, and to communicate topics of common interest. Quality Leaders initiated activities as easyfsma.com created to assist small to mid-size companies to comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act signed by President Obama. Recently the website expanded to support other QLN subgroups. During the 2016 summer, Quality Leaders will add a periodic publication that will offer study summaries, key points, and other informative and educational material related to the FDA’s scope, including but not limited to public health issues, regulations, and their programs and activities. This enhancement will be led by the University of Southern California’s Regulatory Science Program.

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