Precision food safety: A systems approach to food safety facilitated by genomics tools

Jasna Kovac, Henk den Bakker, Laura M. Carroll, Martin Wiedmann

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Genomics and related tools are beginning to have a tremendous impact on food safety by allowing for a more precise approach to pathogen detection, characterization, and identification. The data produced using these tools are expected to lead to a paradigm shift in modern food safety concepts with impacts similar to those facilitated through development of personalized medicine methods in human medicine. We hence envision a future of food safety that can be best described as “precision food safety”. While precision food safety will employ a number of new approaches and methods, omics tools will play a particularly important role and will provide for improved and more precise food safety procedures, including increasingly accurate risk assessment that will support evidence-based food safety decision-making. This review will highlight examples where genomics-based precision food safety approaches will have a significant impact.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)52-61
Number of pages10
JournalTrAC - Trends in Analytical Chemistry
StatePublished - Nov 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy


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