FSA seeks to further understand norovirus

Food businesses are being invited to help further the government’s understanding of norovirus in the UK food chain.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is hoping to commission research to define and quantify accurately the burden of UK-acquired norovirus infection caused by the consumption of contaminated foods.

The FSA has said the research should determine how different foods contribute to foodborne norovirus infections, as well as the impact food handlers have on contamination.

Norovirus is the most common cause of viral food poisoning in the UK and was responsible for an estimated 457,742 cases of infection in 2010.

Experts said the infection’s key transmission route is person-to-person and although contaminated food is often associated with outbreaks of norovirus or suspected norovirus infections, there are gaps in current knowledge.

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