Center For Animal Health and Food Safety
Willis Fedio and the NMSU Food Safety Laboratory (FSL) staff have been selected to participate in the Food and Drug Administration's Whole Genome Sequencing Program. The FSL was awarded DNA sequencing equipment and supplies to sequence pathogens collected from foodborne disease outbreaks, contaminated food products and environmental sources. The genome sequences will be archived in the FDA reference database that can be used to determine sources of contamination during outbreaks, better understand environmental factors associated with the contamination of foods and to help develop rapid methods including culture independent tests. The FSL also plans to use the equipment to contribute to teaching, research and service to the Food Industry.