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New OriGen 'TraceBack' Service

The product recall and contamination market continues to evolve and adjust to developing exposures and new risks. It is clear that companies who look to manage the risk of recall in a holistic manner will be best prepared to survive a recall crisis. A successful recall risk management program must include upfront quality control, management of vendors and contracts, and the ability to respond effectively and efficiently to a crisis.

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Our expertise can be the difference in maintaining the safety of your products, and protecting the trust of your customers. The significant recall and contamination incidents in 2015 spanned all product categories from dairy and poultry to cereals to vegetables, many of which can affect company results. Data is critical to making intelligent business decisions and how effectively businesses develop, manage, and utilise data impacts the quality of those decisions. Recall and contamination events continue to receive high profile in the media and press with recent headlines like the recent reported E.coli cases found to be linked to imported salad leaves this comes directly on the back of the high profile product recalls of General Mills flour.

As supply chains expand across the globe and become ever more complex, your quality control methods are put under ever increasing strain. Projecting the exposure to a product recall or contamination can be a difficult task not only for the company at risk. Although large amounts of data are available through publicly announced recalls, actual damage or loss information is seldom publicised or available. The size or severity of a loss may well be more dependent upon the handling of the media and public perception as opposed to the size of the recall itself. Each year hundreds of products are recalled. So now with the rapid developments in scientific technological advances with Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) and specifically WGS (whole genome sequencing) this scientific technique can aid the food industry range from source tracking of bacterial contaminants to the identification of spoilage communities, an application to real world problems in the food industry.


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Talk to us about our Traceback Service - OriGen

This pioneering technology can deliver invaluable information for a food business trying to deal with a long term contamination problem and has lead us to launch our new traceback service called OriGen to aid in these investigations to avoid those costly recalls, reducing waste and saving money.

  • Immediately following a notification by your in-house testing team or a report of a contamination outbreak, contact Fera, we'll send you a kit with instructions
  • Using state of the art technology - whole genome sequencing (WGS) we will distinguish the pathogen strains
  • Specialist leading experts will isolate the actual source of the contamination tracing it back to either a raw ingredient or even a piece of equipment

Why work with us

  • We have extensive scope of UKAS (ISO17025) accredited tests with the ability to obtain the necessary UKAS accreditation with our 'flexible scope' approach
  • Specialists in unusual matrices, method development and validation
  • Technical advice and support pre and post analysis
  • Fera is the National Reference Laboratory in 7 different areas

Consultancy - if you have questions about our traceback service, or the regulatory environment, sometimes it requires another experienced person or team to help pull things together and move them ahead. Fera's consultancy service is made up of senior scientists who have broad and deep experience in the food industry that we can bring to bear on your research project which goes beyond analysis and scientific expertise.


Learn More

To speak with us about our services, please contact our recognised expert Dr Edward Haynes on:

+44 (0)300 100 0324 or contact us here.


OriGen - Whole Genome Sequencing

Public trust has declined in the wake of recent product contaminations and recalls. High-profile recalls of flour, salad leaves and others may prompt consumers to question the safety of the food they are buying.

Download our recent white paper and presentation on the new ground breaking WGS (whole genome sequencing) application service that can be used to traceback the source of contamination in a product recall crisis. click here

OriGen - New Traceback Service

A new and exciting food contamination assessment service is now available. OriGen will help to trace the problem back to its source and provide you with the tools to prevent future product recalls as a result of contamination – putting you back in control.

  • Immediately following a notification by your in-house testing team or a report of a contamination outbreak, contact Fera, we’ll send you a kit with instructions
  • Using state of the art Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) technology, we can distinguish the different pathogen strains from around the facility
  • The results of our WGS analysis will then be interpreted along with information about where the culture was obtained from, to suggest sources and routes of contamination

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