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FSIS Posts New White Paper About Use of Molecular Subtyping.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

(American Meat Institute)

USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) posted a new resource that explains how it uses molecular subtyping technologies to improve outbreak response and identification of the source of foodborne infections; help assess sample-specific risk of illness associated with a product process or an establishment; and allow the agency to trace contamination within FSIS-regulated establishments. The technologies can also provide highly specific data for risk assessments and attribution studies to help target strategies to reduce foodborne illness, according to the agency.


The paper also outlines how FSIS now performs in-house Pulsed-field Gel Electrophoresis (PFGE)  analyses on all FSIS sample isolates and antimicrobial susceptibility testing on all FSIS Salmonella and Campylobacter isolates. The paper is available here.

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