Save the Date: Whole Genome Sequencing - Industry Application and Research Needs Meeting


Using Whole Genome Sequencing to Protect Public Health and Enhance Food Safety
Industry Application and Research Needs Discussion

Sunday, July 31, 2016
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Convention Center Room 274
St. Louis, MO

As a continued commitment to enhancing food safety and protecting public health, the North American Meat Institute and National Cattlemen's Beef Association, as contractors to the Beef Checkoff,  the Foundation for Meat and Poultry Research and Education (formerly NAMI Foundation), US Poultry & Egg Association and the Pork Checkoff brought representatives from the meat and poultry industries together in April 2016 to discuss whole genome sequencing and how it's being used to prevent foodborne illness. 

The Industry heard from representatives from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food Safety and Inspection Service, Food and Drug Administration and National Institutes of Health on how whole genome sequencing and its application is being used to improve public health within their respective organizations.  Industry representatives had the opportunity to discuss the practical application of whole genome sequencing as well as current data gaps, research and educational needs.

Next Steps.........

We would like to invite researchers and food industry representatives to engage in a discussion that will include:

  • reflections from industry representatives who participated in the April meeting;
  • technical and potential regulatory considerations for adoption of this technology; and
  • open dialogue and attendee input on research needs and data gaps specific to the use of whole genome sequencing in the food industries.

This discussion will occur on Sunday, July 31 from 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. in Room 274 in the Convention Center in St. Louis, MO.


This meeting is co-hosted by