Government to pay for food virus research


The government’s Food Standards Agency is to pay for a systematic review on the survival of norovirus in foods and on food contact surfaces.

According to their website “Human enteric viruses are a major cause of infectious intestinal disease (IID) in the UK, and foodborne transmission is thought to be an important route of infection. However, the amount to which different food sources are responsible for norovirus infection is currently poorly understood.”

It is hoped that proper research into this area will lead to improvements in the advice regarding prevention of contamination within the food chain.

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