From July 2019
Norovirus in fresh and frozen produce
In 2015-16, a large retail survey by the FSA found that 5.3% of lettuce, 2.3% of fresh raspberries and 3.6% of frozen raspberries tested positive for Norovirus.
No routine monitoring of fresh and frozen produce for
the presence of Norovirus is currently performed in the UK. Therefore,
no prevalence data has been hitherto available to help companies and
retailers introduce risk mitigation strategies. However, this new survey
data provides the needed evidence that monitoring of various critical
points in the supply chain should be considered. If viral genomic material is found during testing, it
could indicate that good practice has failed somewhere in the supply chain. This information should alert
food business operators to the potential risks of virus contamination of their products.
With environmental monitoring and food sample analysis, Campden BRI is helping clients to improve their food safety
management by identifying potential areas where viral contamination may be a concern. We’re also the first and
currently only lab in the UK which has UKAS accreditation for the detection method for Norovirus and Hepatitis A
virus in soft berries and leafy greens.
Contact: Martin Dagostino
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