Globally recognized for our expertise in molecular epidemiology.

We use high resolution comparison of microbial genomes to determine their genetic relation. Investigations of potential harborage in food production facilities involves the use of molecular epidemiology to determine if some of the environmental isolates are genetically identical. With a turnaround time of 1 to 10 days, we provide clients with the analysis and guidance needed to take preventative and proactive actions against foodborne illnesses.

Expedited testing. Comprehensive analysis.

Molecular epidemiology is a field in microbial genomics that involves high resolution comparison of microbial genomes to determine their relation. In foodborne outbreak investigations the aim is to compare the food isolates to that of the patients.

Molecular Epidemiology Applications:

  • Tracking sources of product contamination

  • Identifying harborages of pathogens in the production environment

  • Tracking microbial contamination to suppliers

  • Linking a product to a foodborne outbreak

  • Eliminating a potential contamination source by showing that isolates from different products, environments or patients are unrelated

Molecular Epidemiology Methods:

  • Whole Genome Sequencing

  • Pulsed-Field Gel Electrophoresis (PFGE)

  • Micro-Restriction Fingerprinting (MRF)

  • Multiple-Locus Variable-Number Tandem Repeat Analysis (MLVA)

  • Ribotyping

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IEH Laboratories & Consulting Group
15300 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
Phone: (206) 522-5432

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Our depth of knowledge is unparalleled when it comes to food testing and food safety. With decades of experience under our belt, our experts make us the first and only choice to handle any food testing, training, or consulting services.

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We've spent years perfecting food safety courses, workshops, and programs designed to ensure the highest degree of confidence in the safety of your products & procedures.

About Us

A family owned company that has grown rapidly since 2001, both organically and through acquisitions. Our success is fueled by the dedication of our team of scientists, laboratory analysts, food safety experts, consultants, and staff.

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