Advancements in nanopore sequencing for enhanced food safety and quality assurance

Food safety and quality assurance are paramount concerns in the food industry, necessitating continual innovation in testing methodologies. In July 2020, the FDA introduced a New Era of Smarter Food Safety blueprint that outlines a partnership between government, industry, and public health advocates based on a commitment to further modernise food safety.

This webinar delved into the impact of real-time nanopore sequencing on food safety — including quality assurance — within the public and private sectors. Food microbiologists shared how new genomic tools can help create a safer and more digital, traceable food system, as outlined in the FDA’s blueprint for a New Era of Smarter Food Safety.

Authors: Cameron Parsons, R&D scientist at Mérieux NutriSciences and Marc Allard, research microbiologist at the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.