AME's capability's to generate Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) and Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) data from collected samples which can then be employed to confirm beyond any doubt that bacterial pathogens were traced back to the source in finished products, raw products, and production facilities is unique and confirming beyond any doubt.
Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) determines the sequence of a given nucleic acid strand, such as DNA of a sample. This technology can identify with specificity whether or not the specific DNA originated in a food sample either to determine the source for culpability or exoneration by a food producer.
Claiming parties must prove the causation of a harmful bacterial pathogens as originating from a food producer before being awarded financial compensation.
Lack of a DNA link from physical evidence will successfully defend innocent food producers. NGS data can be key to defending such unsupportable claims.
Andy Moreno, PhD
Bacterial Surveillance Systems Engineer
AME Certified Laboratories
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