Ancera has announced the launch of its Salmonella System Monitoring (SSM), a novel software platform that delivers deeper and timelier insights on Salmonella throughout the poultry supply chain. By tapping into its comprehensive network of mobile surveillance systems, CRISPR databases, epidemiological models, and software warning systems, Ancera is helping the U.S. poultry industry simultaneously reduce risk and improve margins.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA’s ARS) recently launched an initiative known as the Salmonella Grand Challenge to better understand how and where the pathogen causes high risk to meat and poultry products, with a goal of cutting the number salmonellosis cases attributable to poultry by 25 percent 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’s platform is built on foundational diagnostic CRISPR-SeroSeq technology, developed by Nikki Shariat, Ph.D. and researchers from the University of Georgia’s Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Ancera has commercialized the 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; initial customers are currently focused on improving their USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) Salmonella categories, tracing serotypes of Human Health Concern (HHC) from breeder flocks to broilers, and improving plant yields through the strategic use of interventions. By providing a “BioBarrier” against Salmonella, Ancera’s first-of-its-kind, data-driven intelligence platform enables users to take immediate action, increase profitability, and create a healthier supply chain.
The launch of Ancera SSM follows the launch of Ancera Coccidia System Monitoring (CSM), which has tracked over 100 million broilers to date to improve feed utilization and control program spend. As the company continues to expand its existing Salmonella and Coccidia monitoring technology to additional customers, it is building a suite of production optimization software tools based on customer demand.