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Open Access Baseline Practices for the Application of Genomic Data Supporting Regulatory Food Safety

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The application of new data streams generated from next-generation sequencing (NGS) has been demonstrated for food microbiology, pathogen identification, and illness outbreak detection. The establishment of best practices for data integrity, reproducibility, and traceability will ensure reliable, auditable, and transparent processes underlying food microbiology risk management decisions. We outline general principles to guide the use of NGS data in support of microbiological food safety. Regulatory authorities across intra- and international jurisdictions can leverage this effort to promote the reliability, consistency, and transparency of processes used in the derivation of genomic information for regulatory food safety purposes, and to facilitate interactions and the transfer of information in the interest of public health.

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Affiliations: 1: Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Ottawa Laboratory (Carling), Ottawa, ON, Canada 2: U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, College Park, MD 3: Simon Fraser University, Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Burnaby, BC, Canada 4: Public Health Agency of Canada, National Microbiology Laboratory, Winnipeg, MB, Canada 5: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, Washington, DC 6: Food Standards Australia New Zealand, Canberra, Australia 7: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Melbourne, Australia 8: Food and Environment Research Agency, Sand Hutton, York, United Kingdom 9: European Commission, Joint Research Center, Ispra, Italy 10: U.S. Food and Drug Administration, National Center for Toxicological Research, Little Rock, AR 11: Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Ottawa Laboratory (Carling), Bldg 22, 960 Carling Ave, Central Experimental Farm, Ottawa, ON, Canada K1A 0Y9

Publication date: May 1, 2017

This article was made available online on January 19, 2017 as a Fast Track article with title: "Baseline Practices for the Application of Genomic Data Supporting Regulatory Food Safety".

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  • The Journal of AOAC INTERNATIONAL publishes refereed papers and reviews in the fields of chemical, biological and toxicological analytical chemistry for the purpose of showcasing the most precise, accurate and sensitive methods for analysis of foods, food additives, supplements and contaminants, cosmetics, drugs, toxins, hazardous substances, pesticides, feeds, fertilizers and the environment available at that point in time. The scope of the Journal includes unpublished original research describing new analytical methods, techniques and applications; improved approaches to sampling, both in the field and the laboratory; better methods of preparing samples for analysis; collaborative studies substantiating the performance of a given method; statistical techniques for evaluating data. The Journal will also publish other articles of general interest to its audience, e.g., technical communications; cautionary notes; comments on techniques, apparatus, and reagents.
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