Whole genome sequencing technologies as tools for the detection, isolation, identification and characterization of pathogens in support of Canadian food inspection objectives


Funding period: 2014-2019
Lead: Burton Blais
Total GRDI funding: $1,000,000

This project develops genomics databases of known pathogens that will allow the CFIA to deliver a highly responsive, risk-based food inspection system. In this project, CFIA scientists are working to create a database of food borne pathogens and new tools for the enhanced detection of microbial hazards in the food supply system. Thousands of pathogens including strains of Salmonella, Listeria, Escherichia coli, Shigella, Staphylococcus and infectious bacteria related to food-borne illnesses have been fully sequenced and added to the regulatory genomic database. This database will be instrumental to mitigate public health risks associated with the food supply system.

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Genomics R&D Initiative
Email: info@grdi-irdg.collaboration.gc.ca