W11-05: Food safety and infectious disease

TitleW11-05: Food safety and infectious disease
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsHsiao W
Conference NameInternational Conference on Biomedical Ontology and BioCreative (ICBO BioCreative 2016)
Date Published11/30/16
PublisherCEUR-ws.org Volume 1747
Other NumbersVol-1747|urn:nbn:de:0074-1747-1

Globalization of food manufacturing, distribution and consumption require food microbiology testing programs to perform high-throughput pathogen diagnostics within a short time frame. Whole-genome sequencing (WGS) can now assemble and type bacterial genomes in near real-time with improved resolution, making WGS a viable diagnostic tool during foodborne illness outbreak investigations. However, genomic data must be combined with epidemiological, clinical, laboratory and other health care data (contextual data) to be meaningfully interpreted for actionable interventions. Canada’s Integrated Rapid Infectious Disease Analysis (IRIDA) project includes the development of a Genomic Epidemiology Application Ontology (GenEpiO), with the development of standardized food vocabulary as a priority area. Standardized food descriptors are essential for data sharing between public health agencies and health responders, accreditation and reproducibility of WGS pipelines, source attribution and risk assessment.