The extraordinary benefit of this new technology, first adapted to outbreak investigations in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), was recently demonstrated when it was used to help confirm the source of a strain of Listeria responsible for a multi-state outbreak linked to Hispanic-style cheese products. On March 11, 2014, FDA suspended the registration of the facility that manufactured the cheese products after some of its cheese products tested positive for a strain of Listeria indistinguishable from the one involved in the outbreak investigation.
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