openPR Logo
Press release

Detecting and Preventing Viral Contamination of Food

05-21-2012 07:13 PM CET | Industry, Real Estate & Construction

Press release from: SGS Consumer Testing Services

SGS Consumer Testing Services

SGS Consumer Testing Services

Foodborne viral outbreaks are ever present in the media spotlight. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) reported that viral agents were responsible for 11.9% of the foodborne outbreaks in the European Union (EU) during 2007, coming second only to Salmonella as the most common causation agent group.

Undetected food contamination
Foodborne viral infections often go undetected and differ from bacterial infections in that, once present in food, viruses will neither alter the taste nor the aspect of the particular product. Food poisoning cases such as the contamination of dried tomatoes in France 2010, semi-dried tomatoes in Australia and the Netherlands in 2009 and 2010 respectively, usually implicate norovirus (NoV) or hepatitis A virus (HAV.) 19 member states of the EU reported a total of 697 outbreaks of the Norovirus in 2008. For those outbreaks that were verified, noroviruses were the most frequent cause, followed by HAV.

Enteric viruses can be very infectious. Norovirus inoculums, which cause the “stomach flu”, vomiting and diarrhoea, can infect an individual with levels as low as ten viral particles. They can survive for long periods in food and water and are generally more resistant to chemical and UV disinfection, filtration and pasteurization than microorganisms.

Food may be contaminated by viruses during all stages of the food supply chain, and transmission can occur by consumption of food contaminated during the production process or contaminated by infected food handlers. Removal of viruses by ultrafiltration membranes or inactivation by prolonged heating or optimal UV treatment is possible; however these viruses survive reasonably well in adverse conditions. Therefore, the EFSA panel (http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/panels/contam.htm) recommends focusing controls on preventive measures rather than trying to remove or inactivate viruses from food.

Regulatory measures
Regulatory officials, in order to combat the dangers associated with foodborne viruses, are pursuing various possible measures.

• The EFSA published a report in 2011 on “scientific opinion regarding an update of the present knowledge on the occurrence and control of foodborne viruses”.

• This year, an expert working group created by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), is expected to publish a standard method for the detection of norovirus and hepatitis A virus in food.

• The CODEX Committee on Food Hygiene (CCFH) is also working on a guideline which is now ready for final adoption.

• European Commission Regulation (EC) No 2073/2005 (http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2005:338:0001:01:EN:HTML) of 15 November 2005 indicates that “Foodstuffs should not contain micro-organisms or their toxins or metabolites in quantities that present an unacceptable risk for human health”, underlining that methods are required for foodborne virus detection.

Measure viral risks
Foodborne viruses constitute a real concern to the safety of food. SGS has implemented analytical methods based on the expected standard method from CEN and offers microbiological testing services (http://www.sgs.com/en/Agriculture-Food/Food/Primary-Production/Testing-and-Analytical-Services/Microbiological-Tests.aspx) to food companies which can help to measure viral risks and integrate foodborne virus testing in their analytical surveillance plans.

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 70,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,350 offices and laboratories around the world.

SGS Consumer Testing Services
Ron Wacker, PhD
Global Business Development Manager Food Testing
SGS Germany

t: +49 6039 4696540
Email: cts.media@sgs.com
Website: http://www.sgs.com/pages/consumer-testing/sgs-consumer-goods-and-retail.aspx

This release was published on openPR.

Permanent link to this press release:

Copy
Please set a link in the press area of your homepage to this press release on openPR. openPR disclaims liability for any content contained in this release.

You can edit or delete your press release Detecting and Preventing Viral Contamination of Food here

News-ID: 221732 • Views: 1728

More Releases from SGS Consumer Testing Services

End of Transition Period for Australian Electrical Standards
Compliance Mark for Electrical Products The single Regulatory Compliance Mark (RCM) was introduced including a three-year transition period. The RCM illustrates a product’s compliance with all applicable ACMA standards—telecommunications, radio communications, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and electromagnetic energy (EME). Suppliers must register on the online national database and start using the RCM. Phasing out C-Tick and A-Tick Products that have already been labeled with the C-Tick or A-Tick can continue to be supplied until labeled stock
First From SGS – Semiconductor Development Functional Safety Training
Rising to the challenges of the automotive industry, SGS has developed functional safety training courses specifically focused on semiconductor development in accordance with ISO 26262 and ISO/PAS 18451. Launching in April 2016, SGS will deliver new training courses at various locations, including California, USA and Munich, Germany. Achieve SC-AFSP Qualification Offering training and formal qualifications for semiconductor developers, this brand new two-stage training course is tailored specifically to the semiconductor industry’s development
Electrical Regulations Revised in South Korea
The beginning of 2016 brings regulatory changes in South Korea, with many of them impacting electrical and electronic products’ EMC compliance, as well as KC marking requirements. EMI and EMS Standards Harmonized in Amendment The electromagnetic interference criterion (EMI) and the electromagnetic susceptibility criterion (EMS) were applicable to electrical and electronic (EE) products prior to the publication of the amendment on December 3, 2015. This amendment does not signify a change in
France Issues Notice to Decree N° 99-777 Regarding Deckchair Safety
France has issued a notice to decree n° 99-777 of September 9, 1999 on the prevention of risks resulting from the use of deckchairs, referring to version 2015 of NF D 61 – 062. Different Standard for Certain Deckchair Models On February 5, 2016, the French government issued a notice to decree 99-777 of September 9,1999 on the prevention of risks resulting from the use of deckchairs. This notice [1] makes it mandatory

All 5 Releases


More Releases for Food

Norway Baby food 2018
The Norway Baby Food Markets research report introduces a comprehensive assessment of the market and contains thoughtful insights, facts, historical data, and statistically supported and industry- approved market data. Within the near future, the Norway Baby Food Market is expected to lead in terms of rate of growth. The report shows a detailed picture of the market by way of study, synthesis, and summation of information from multiple sources. The report
Organic Baby Food
Future Market Insights (FMI) has released a new report titled, “Organic Baby Food Market - BRIC Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment 2015-2020”. According to the report, the global organic baby food market is expected to account for US$ 5.6 Bn by 2020, registering a CAGR of 10.5% during the forecast period. On the other hand, the BRIC organic baby food market is projected to reach US$ 3,528.7 Mn at a
Food Marketing Conference 2018
Earlier nutrition market was concentrated of products for treatment of malnutrition condition but now due to innovations in the healthcare sector and due rising awareness among the people the market for nutritional products like healthy supplements, organic food and functional food has increased. The transitional change in the lifestyle of people and due to the rising number of people suffering from various chronic ailments has led the public to intake
Organic baby food
WELCOME TO BUB’S DELIGHT 100% ORGANIC FOOD FOR YOUR BABY OR TODDLER – FREE DELIVERY – Bub’s Delight was passionately founded by French chef Julien Audibert, who recognised a need for fresh, organic food for babies and toddlers in a market unfortunately flooded with ‘quick fix’ meals containing often low nutrition values for the good ones, and chemicals and nasties for the others. The idea that we feed our young children, food that we
Milk Food Limited
"Milk Food Limited - Company Profile & Financial Analysis" contains in depth information and data about the company and its operations. You will find information on the business structure, areas of operation, products and services offered by the company. It also comprises SWOT analysis, key ratios, historical financial data and insider’s view on financial stability and industrial ranking with financial forecasts for two- year period. This report is a decisive resource
Packaged Food in Croatia
Packaged food has never been much influenced by the economy given its essential nature. But, just as consumers have been reluctant to sharply reduce their purchases of packaged food during the hardest economic times, they are inert in increasing their consumption now that disposable income is rising. Consumer habits are hard to change when it comes to food, because food is a basic household necessity. Euromonitor International’s Packaged Food in Croatia