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Food safety with high precision - Pathogenomics for the food industry (PathoSeq)

The objective of the «PathoSeq» project is to prepare Norwegian food industry for the challenges and possibilities of using modern DNA sequencing technologies for surveillance and control of foodborne pathogenic bacteria. The focus will be on Listeria monocytogenes, considered the largest food safety challenge in Norwegian food processing industry.

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About the project

The PathoSeq project concerns the implementation of modern DNA sequencing technology for the purpose of monitoring and tracking pathogens in food production processes. The pathogens in focus are Listeria monocytogenes (Lm), which constitute the most substantial pathogenic challenge for the Norwegian meat and salmon production industries. The project is aimed at providing both a scientific and legal basis for enabling use of whole genome sequencing (WGS) technology to control these pathogens. An important part of the project involves mapping and assessing the legal and broader regulatory framework for WGS applications in pathogene control. This aspect of the project is being undertaken by the Norwegian Research Center for Computers and Law.

The project runs from 2019 to 2023.


The project is led by Nofima AS.

Professor Lee A. Bygrave, with the assistance of Dr. Tommy Tranvik, is responsible for the work package dealing with regulatory issues.

For more information, please see 
Food safety with high precision - Pathogenomics for the food industry - Nofima.


The project is funded by the Research Council of Norway.


The project involves collaboration with a large number of industry partners.

Published Nov. 25, 2020 2:04 PM - Last modified Dec. 13, 2021 3:11 PM