Ancera has introduced Salmonella System Monitoring, a software platform that, according to the company, delivers “deeper and more timely insights around Salmonella throughout the poultry supply chain.”
By tapping its comprehensive network of mobile surveillance systems, CRISPR databases, epidemiological models and software warning systems, Ancera says it is helping the US poultry industry simultaneously reduce risk and improve margins.
“As the animal-protein industry faces increasing economic and regulatory pressure, Ancera is empowering the poultry industry to reduce threats and increase margins through better intelligence,” says Arjun Ganesan, CEO of the company.
According to Ganesan, Ancera’s technology and approach to commercializing this intel is transformative for the industry.
“Our beta customers are already doing more to understand and de-risk their supply chains than any company in the history of poultry production,” he reports. “This technology is fundamentally streamlining the productivity and efficiency of the supply chain.”
2,500 Salmonella serotypes
In July, USDA’s Agricultural Research Service launched an initiative known as the Salmonella Grand Challenge to better understand how and where Salmonella causes high risk to meat and poultry products, with a goal of cutting the number of people infected by 25% by 2030.
With 2,500 Salmonella serotypes, sophisticated technology and systems are the key to identifying systemic risks and ensuring efficient and effective control strategies, Ancera says.
Ancera says its platform is built on foundational diagnostic CRISPR-SeroSeq technology developed by Nikki Shariat, PhD, and researchers from the University of Georgia’s Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center in the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Ancera has commercialized this technology with high-throughput monitoring techniques and risk-analytics software to deliver critical intelligence for timely and effective interventions. Ancera is already monitoring farms and reporting the trends back to customers.
‘Biobarrier’ against Salmonella
According to the company, initial customers are currently focused on improving their USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service Salmonella categories, tracing serotypes of human health concern from breeder flocks to broilers while also improving plant yields through the strategic use of interventions.
By providing this “biobarrier” against Salmonella, Ancera says it is providing access to the first data-driven intelligence platform so users can take immediate action, increase profitability and create a healthier supply chain.
The launch of Ancera’s Salmonella System Monitoring follows the launch of Ancera’s Coccidia System Monitoring, which the company says has tracked over 100 million broilers to date to improve feed utilization and control program spend.