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Sequencing the Food Supply Chain: How a New Consortium Will Improve Food Safety

According to Jeff Welser in an article for Forbes, one in six people are affected by food-borne diseases each year, resulting in 128,000 hospitalizations. To shrink these numbers, IBM and Mars, Inc. have established the Sequencing the Food Supply Chain Consortium. This group will conduct a massive “metagenomics” study to develop a better understanding of the microorganisms that are active in factory environments. To begin, they will focus on raw materials within factories, but there is an intent to expand throughout the entire supply chain, including farmers. This could be the beginning of a whole new type of safety developing within supply chains. You can read the full article here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/ibm/2015/01/29/sequencing-the-food-supply-chain-how-a-new-consortium-will-improve-food-safety/

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