With support from the GRDI, researchers at the Public Health Agency of Canada have developed a genomics-based tool that is changing the way authorities have investigated incidents of salmonellosis for close to 100 years.
Funding from the Genomics R&D Initiative played a key role in enabling the development of new, genomics-based test that significantly reduces the time and cost involved in tracking the source of Salmonella contamination in the food supply.
New knowledge and tools developed through the Food and Water Safety project funded by the Genomics R&D Initiative will enable Canada to better address some of the most serious threats to our food and water supply—E. coli and Salmonella Enteritidis—including the capacity to identify different strains of these bacteria quickly and with high confidence.
Among other achievements, the Food and Water Safety project funded by the Genomics R&D Initiative has provided a first-ever national perspective on where to find potentially deadly strains of E. coli in our environment.
The Genomics R&D Initiative investment in the Food and Water Safety research project has returned extensive benefits to Canadians, enhancing what is already one of the most respected food safety systems in the world.
With funding from the Genomics R&D Initiative, federal researchers have collaborated in reducing the time it takes to identify E. coli O157: H7 in food to as little as 20 minutes.
The Genomics R&D Initiative funds collaborative research projects that combine resources and expertise to deliver impressive results.
A key to the successful outcomes of the Genomics R&D Initiative has been to ensure Canadian researchers have the tools they need to explore the almost infinite potential of genomics to enhance the health, safety and economic well-being of Canadians.
Funding from the Genomics R&D Initiative has supported the development of a genomics-based tool that will enhance the ability of food safety investigators to track the source of one of the most common causes of food poisoning in Canada: campylobacter, which sickens as many as 400,000 Canadians a year.
Funding from the Genomics R&D Initiative allowed some 50 researchers from six federal departments to work together on an unprecedented scale to enhance food safety in Canada.