Advances are also occurring in metagenomics and food microbiome sequencing. “From sequence data of a single microbiome sample, you are provided with pathogen information, a microbial community snapshot, antimicrobial resistance, and host/food matrix composition,” explains IBM’s Dr. Beck. “When you compare multiple microbiomes, you are able to observe deviations in your supply chain that can indicate a hazard before it is allowed to become an issue.”
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Expanding this concept, FDA’s One Health framework “holds that a connection exists between the environment and animal and human health,” says Eric Stevens, PhD, an FDA staff fellow. One Health encourages the sharing of WGS data across the various sectors related to food. “WGS can be used within supply chain management .