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OriGen - Foodborne Pathogen Detection

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.

Take a look at the latest results from Quarter 2 (*Data supplied by HorizonScan - online food safety database - free trial available now) of this year compared to the previous quarter and the significant increase in foodborne pathogen outbreaks.

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OriGen - Available Tests

Test

Method

Salmonella WGS
Listeria WGS
Campylobacter WGS
E. coli WGS

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.

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Our service compares the 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 Customer Service Group on +44 (0)300 100 0323 or e-mail us at

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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

Telephone: +44 (0)300 100 0323

Email: Contact Us

WGS Webinar with Dr. Edward Haynes

Missed our latest webinar with Dr. Edward Haynes (FSA-Fera Joint Research Fellow in Molecular Epidemiology), discussing foodborne pathogens and Whole Genome Sequencing? WGS for Food Safety Webinar is now available to watch here. Dr. Haynes discusses how this ground breaking technology can now help to trace a contamination problem back to its source and provide you with the tools to prevent future product recalls as a result of contamination.

  • Discussion on techniques to ID Bacteria
  • Current & new DNA Sequencing Technology available
  • Discussion around the FSA Chief Scientific Adviser Report

Telephone: +44 (0)300 100 0324

Email: edward.haynes@fera.co.uk

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

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