Microbial Identification and WGS for Food Safety and Spoilage
MICROORGANISMS IDENTIFICATION AND SEROTYPING
Identifying potential sources of microbial contamination is key in preventing outbreaks of contamination in food processing.
Our microbial identification services will provide you with an organism name with its morphology information which can aid you in understanding the next steps you need to take in your plant.
We use Vitek2C, 16S / ITS gene sequencing to identify pathogens or spoilage organisms. This will help you offset economic losses by highly elusive food organisms and help decrease costly incidences of contamination.
- Compare strains from different plant locations
- Compare environmental isolates or isolates from ingredients to finished product isolates
- Identify microbial niches
- Establish Database of contamination microorganisms, which will be benefit for the traceability and trouble-shooting of polluted finished products.
NEXT GENERATION SEQUENCING Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS)
GLOBAL microbiological GENOMIC SOLUTION FOR SEQUENCING the food factory and investigating foodborne outbreaks
Whole Genome Sequencing is a revolution for public health surveillance. The World Health Organization is encouraging all countries to use this high-throughput technology. It has already been adopted by numerous official agencies such as the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) in the United States, the ECDC (European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control) in the European Union and China’s first food-borne disease molecular traceability network based on whole-genome sequencing technology launched in 2019.
This technology is now also available for various industry applications: WGS helps food manufacturers to understand the origin of occasional or recurring food contaminations by pathogens as well as to prevent potential future food crisis. It is a key to set up an efficient Environmental Monitoring Program in food factories.
WHAT IS WHOLE GENOME SEQUENCING ? WHAT ADVANTAGES COMPARED TO CLASSICAL METHODS?
Also known as WGS or full / complete / entire genome sequencing is the process of determining the complete DNA sequence of an organism’s genome at a single time.
- The only technology able to identify a bacteria at clone level
- The gold standard method for source-tracking, applicable in case a recurring contamination
- The best-in-class tool for a comprehensive overview of a strain from a food or production environment sample
- WGS brings the highest value for invested time and cost
WGS APPLICATIONS & BENEFITS
BUILD A COMPLETE INTERNAL STRAIN BANK
OVERCOME RECURRING CONTAMINATIONS
IDENTIFY THE ORIGIN OF CONTAMINATION TO TAKE RAPID ACTION (ingredient responsible in a multi-ingredient food, contamination hotspot, link between illnesses and processing facilities)
REDUCE ECONOMIC DAMAGE BY EXCLUDING WRONGLY SUSPECTED SOURCES OF INFECTION
IMPROVE CLEANING & PRODUCTION PROCESSES ON THE LONG RUN
PREVENT CRISIS WITH CONTINUOUS TRACKING
SAFEGUARD YOUR BRAND INTEGRITY
BENEFIT FROM MÉRIEUX NUTRISCIENCES COMPLETE SOLUTION…
A complete service for worldwide applications
Mérieux NutriSciences worldwide network of laboratory allows easy collection of samples (environmental swabs, food products, strains from your internal laboratory…) and transfer to our experts in Food Science Center laboratories where they will benefit from a high biomolecular and bioinformatics expertise.
Microbiology and biomolecular technologies are one of the main focuses of our Food Science Center expert laboratories based in France, Italy, US and China. The laboratories integrate RNA/DNA extraction technologies, DNA sequencing ( Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) for strain identification, Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS), Meta barcording,…), bioinformatic treatment. Quality standards for sequencing service are fully in line with ISO 17025 standards and expert professional recommendations.
Our expert network from Food Science Center experts laboratories (Food scientists, Enviornmental program consulting expert, biomolecular experts,bioinformaticians…) supports your projects and tests from the study design to the final report and recommendations.
A close cooperation between these high-skilled experts allow Mérieux NutriSciences to build the solution that perfectly fit your needs. Targeted recommendations bring value to complex sequencing results for practical applications and food quality enhancement.