Our website uses cookies to give you the best possible online experience. We do not use these to store personal information about you. If you continue, we'll assume you are happy for your web browser to receive all cookies from our website. See our cookie policy for more information on cookies and how to manage them.

Cookie policy Close this window

OriGen - Foodborne Pathogen Detection

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

We know that businesses rely on our innovative safety solutions and expertise to help build their brands and improve food safety, sustainability and operational efficiency. To ensure our customers are always one step ahead we have developed a new service which will support them even further in the battle for food safety. OriGen is designed to help a business identify the source of any bacterial contaminations tracing the bacteria back to the original source ultimately protecting you from any future product recalls and brand reputation.

due diligence programmes, testing, analytical services

To speak with us about our services contact us on

+44 (0)300 100 0323 or

The OriGen service is currently available for Listeria, Salmonella, Campylobacter and E. coli but has the potential to be rolled out to a range of bacterial species, so please get in touch if you have another organism of interest. Pricing and turnaround depend on a number of factors such as availability and batch size, so please contact us to discuss your individual needs.

Want to know more?

Our service compares the WGS (whole genome sequences) of samples taken of the bacterium of interest from around a facility, and potentially over time, to suggest whether multiple sources of infection are present or if a facility has a persistent infection. Additionally, we are able to store the genome data and reanalyse when new information comes to light. Every time a customer uses the service we can reanalyse with all of their previous data, and tell them if their situation is changing (new strains have been introduced) or remains the same (their hygiene processes are ineffective).

  • 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

Contact Us

To speak with us about this services, or for any other services, please contact the team on +44 (0)300 100 0323 or e-mail us at

[You must enable JavaScript to see this email address]

food pathogens detection, turning science into solutions

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, and we’ll help you identify the best samples to collect
  • 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

Telephone: +44 (0)300 100 0323

Email: Contact Us

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

Why not join our mailing list?

Want to know more about what is happening at Fera? Why not join our mailing list to find out more click here

Devising a Due Diligence Programme

Due Diligence programmes are critical in protecting your brand and company reputation, providing the evidence that you are taking all reasonable precautions to comply with food safety legislation. Due Diligence Programmes