Food Safety & Production

Technical Resources

USPOULTRY gathers technological information that aides implementation and improvements in the design and execution of food safety systems. Information is provided through technical references, multimedia resources, articles, meetings, and other educational events.

This is a guide to learn the main objectives of carcass sorting tasks under the New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS). Most recommendations and materials are derived from the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service's own training for USDA inspectors. Industry experts collaborated in the development of this handbook. Trainer and trainee versions are available upon request.

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Whole genome sequencing (WGS) is the technology of analyzing the genetic sequence for living organism identification. This technology is used to identify foodborne pathogens and other microorganisms that can affect poultry and egg products. USPOULTRY provides details to understand WGS technology and its uses.

WGS Introduction
  1. WGS 101
  2. WGS Use In Food Safety
  3. Using WGS to Protect Public Health and Enhance Food Safety (Industry Meeting Summary)

Technical Reference Series - Microbiome Analysis

Microbiome Analysis Using Next Generation Sequencing: Carcass Rinse and Swab Samples

This technical reference guide serves as a tool in the implementation of testing protocols for microbiome identification from carcass rinses or swabs using next genome sequencing (NGS) technology. This can be used as validation reference for food safety systems. NGS is useful to evaluate effectiveness of a process or an individual intervention as it relates to food quality (e.g. spoilage) or food safety (e.g. Salmonella or Campylobacter prevalence).

Microbiome Analysis Using Next Generation Sequencing: APC Plates

This technical reference guide serves as a tool in the implementation of testing protocols for microbiome identification from Aerobic Plate Counts (APC) using a next genome sequencing (NGS) technology. This can be used as validation reference for food safety systems. APC is useful to evaluate effectiveness of a process or an individual intervention as it relates to food quality (e.g. spoilage). NGS can be used to identify specific populations of microorganisms in and can be used to observe its changes through the process.

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Webinars

WGS Webinar Series

This series contained five different webinar topics surrounding Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) which occurred once a month from January to May of 2020. WGS is an increasingly valuable tool with a broad scope of applications from food safety management and surveillance to outbreak investigations.

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