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OriGen 'TraceBack' Service

whole genome sequencing, next generation sequencing, microbial genomes, microbial communities, E.coli, listeria, camplopacter, salmonella, testing, analytical services

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.

Our expertise can be the difference between maintaining the safety of your products, and protecting the trust of your customers. The significant recall and contamination incidents in 2016 spanned all product categories from dairy and poultry to cereals to vegetables, many of which can affect company results. As supply chains expand across the globe and become ever more complex, your quality control methods are put under ever increasing strain. Each year hundreds of products are recalled. Rapid developments in Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technology mean that WGS (whole genome sequencing) is now a real life application to aid with real world problems in the food industry. This scientific technique can aid the food industry from source tracking of bacterial contaminants to the identification of spoilage communities, an application to real world problems in the food industry.

Fera offers a range of analytical services to the food industry to support contamination incidents and product recalls.

OriGen - Foodborne Pathogen Detection Testing (Traceback)

All analyses are fully validated and performed to current industry standards.



Salmonella WGS
Listeria WGS
Campylobacter WGS
E. coli WGS
traceback service, food pathogens, testing, analytical services

Come and join us at the 7th Food Sure Europe 2017
(Safety & Quality Summit)
on 22-24 May 2017 - STAND 13
Day 2 - Dr Ed Haynes presents a case study of our new traceback service (OriGen)

due diligence programmes, testing, analytical services

This is where we can help:

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  • This pioneering technology can deliver invaluable information for a food business trying to deal with a long term contamination problem
  • Can aid in investigations to avoid 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 can send you a kit with instructions
  • Using state of the art technology - WGS (whole genome sequencing) we can distinguish the pathogen strains
  • Specialist leading experts can isolate the actual source of the contamination tracing it back to either a raw ingredient or even a piece of equipment
  • We are 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

To speak with us about our services, please contact our team on

+44 (0)300 100 0323 or