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Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) in Food Safety

Food Safety addresses the question how to prevent foodborne infections or diseases. Many microorganisms occur in the agriculture, animal farming industry, and during the production, storage and transport of food. A large number of these pathogens can cause illness after infection. Frequently, reports about outbreaks with disastrous consequences are published. Exemplarily, in 2011 in Germany a new EHEC pathogen caused 53 deaths and was classified by deep sequencing as new HUSEC pathogen.

Areas of NGS application in food safety include studies of the microbiota of milk, fermented dairy products, plant, meat, and fermented foods.

More detailed information about NGS application in food safety can be found in the category scientific publications.

Detection of Pathogens

Currently, the diagnostics in food safety is based on conventional methods including qPCR technology. One example of NGS application in diagnostic context in food safety is provided in a study about the detection of the hepatitis A virus in mixed frozen berries.


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