Omics approaches in food safety: Fulfilling the promise?

Teresa M. Bergholz, Andrea I. Moreno Switt, Martin Wiedmann

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Genomics, transcriptomics, and proteomics are rapidly transforming our approaches to the detection, prevention, and treatment of foodborne pathogens. Microbial genome sequencing in particular has evolved from a research tool into an approach that can be used to characterize foodborne pathogen isolates as part of routine surveillance systems. Genome sequencing efforts will not only improve outbreak detection and source tracking, but will also create large amounts of foodborne pathogen genome sequence data, which will be available for data-mining efforts that could facilitate better source attribution and provide new insights into foodborne pathogen biology and transmission. Although practical uses and application of metagenomics, transcriptomics, and proteomics data and associated tools are less prominent, these tools are also starting to yield practical food safety solutions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-281
Number of pages7
JournalTrends in Microbiology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2014


  • Food safety
  • Foodborne pathogens
  • Genomics
  • Proteomics
  • Synthetic biology
  • Transcriptomics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Virology


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