Food Safety Magazine

Podcast | October 2, 2017

Metagenomics: A Fresh Take on Spoilage

By Staff

Metagenomics: A Fresh Take on Spoilage

This special BONUS episode of Food Safety Matters brings you a discussion about an application of next-generation sequencing — metagenomics.
 
As the cost of DNA testing decreases, practical applications are increasing, with one of the most exciting applications available being the use of sequencing to identify microorganisms in samples, including unculturable organisms. The value proposition of the 16S metagenomic application is that you can identify spoilage organisms in your facility, eliminate them and reduce the possibility of spoiled products reaching your consumers thus reducing your overall cost of quality.
 
We will be speaking with Joe Heinzelmann, Director of Business development for food safety genomics at Neogen. Joe began his career as a nanotechnology chemist and has since focused on marketing and business development efforts. He graduated from Albion College with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and from Northwood University with an MBA. Joe tells us more about the practical applications of metagenomics in eliminating spoilage organisms in a food processing facility.

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In this episode we speak to Neogen's Joe Heinzelmann about:

  • Adoption of whole-genome sequencing by federal regulatory agencies and food processing companies.
  • How metagenomics differs from how agencies are using whole-genome sequencing.
  • What 16S metagenomics is and how is it used in plants.
  • What kinds of data are being discovered with 16S metagenomics? 
  • What food industry trends can benefit from next-generation sequencing.
  • Understanding the differences in data provided by whole-genome sequencing vs. metagenomics analyses.

16S Metagenomics Resources:

16S Metagenomics Overview 

NeoSeek: 16S Metagenomics for Food Safety and Quality video

Case Study Download


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