The UK Food Safety Research Network welcomes a new guide published by the World Health Organisation on whole genome sequencing use as a tool for foodborne disease surveillance and response.
The guidance may be useful to members in the food safety research network.
Whole genome sequencing (WGS) is a laboratory technique that has the potential to change how we detect and monitor microbial hazards in the food chain. WGS is useful for understanding foodborne diseases through enhancing routine surveillance, outbreak detection, outbreak response and for source identification using a One Health approach. It is anticipated that this technology will help reduce the burden of foodborne diseases, given its advantages over previous low-resolution typing and detection methods.