Report name:

National survey of foodborne viruses in Australian oysters at production

Authors:

Valeria Torok, Kate Hodgson, Catherine McLeod, Jessica Tan, Navreet Malhi, Alison Turnbull

Co-Investigators:

-

Content type:

Journal Article

Background information:

Between July 2014 and August 2015, a national prevalence survey to determine baseline levels for NoV and HAV was done in Australian oysters.

Date:

01 January 2018

Project status:

Completed

Other information:

Internationally human enteric viruses, such as norovirus (NoV) and hepatitis A virus (HAV), are frequently associated with shellfish related foodborne disease outbreaks, and it has been suggested that acceptable NoV limits based on end-point testing be established for this high risk food group. To identify the risk in Australia from these viruses, a survey was undertaken which determined that the prevalence of foodborne viruses in Australian oysters was low and consistent with epidemiological evidence.

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