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·         Pork Industry Concerned FDA Has Stalled Movement Of Livestock Gene Editing

·         Experts assess use of genome sequencing in multi-country outbreaks



Pork Industry Concerned FDA Has Stalled Movement Of Livestock Gene Editing


Radio 570 WNAX (SD)

Oct 9, 2020


The United States is falling behind other countries when it comes to allowance and regulation of livestock gene editing. The National Pork Producers Council has voiced concern that the Nobel Prize just went to the CRISPR Cas 9 genetic scissors. South Dakota Pork Producers Council President Craig Andersen says gene editing could be a critical tool for pork producers in battling things such as foreign animal diseases and allowing them to cut down or eliminate their drug use for pig’s health.


He says it shouldn’t take a lot of time to develop the gene editing technology and the benefits would be seen almost immediately.


Andersen says part of the reason for the delay in movement in gene editing has come from the Food and Drug Administration being in charge of it and the way they’ve proceeded...


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Experts assess use of genome sequencing in multi-country outbreaks


By Joe Whitworth, Food Safety News by Marler Clark

October 9, 2020


Experts have discussed the major obstacles to adopting whole genome sequencing (WGS) for surveillance and monitoring of foodborne diseases in Europe.


The “Next Generation Sequencing to Tackle Foodborne Diseases in the EU” event was originally planned for March at the Istituto Superiore di Sanità in Italy but was moved online and to late September because of the coronavirus pandemic.


A survey with 100 responses during the conference revealed absence of a legal framework, issues with data confidentiality and ownership, an absence of bioinformatics expertise, and lack of funds to be some of the stumbling blocks.


Speakers included Martial Plantady of the European Commission, Saara Kotila from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and Valentina Rizzi of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).


Almost all of those surveyed agreed that WGS-based surveillance and monitoring at the EU level would be beneficial. The most useful features included deepness of the analyses, it can replace most, if not all, other methodologies, it is automated and the sensitivity.


Plantady said it was too soon for rules on making WGS compulsory as part of official controls.


“I am convinced in the coming years more member states will perform WGS and share data. At that point we will reflect internally with them on imposing use of the tool under certain circumstances but now is too early. We encourage, and put in place the European Union Reference Laboratory (EURL) network, to build capacity in National Reference Laboratories (NRL) and private labs doing official controls. WGS is not standardized enough to be part of official controls so it is a vicious circle,” he said.


WGS findings need epi data ...


EFSA to collect WGS data from non-human isolates ...


Data dilemma ...