Experts have assessed prevention and intervention methods to tackle foodborne viruses in different products.

In February, the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Meeting on Microbiological Risk Assessment (JEMRA) on viruses in foods took place in Geneva, Switzerland, after a related request by the Codex Committee on Food Hygiene in 2022. The committee

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The Irish agency responsible for seafood controls has revealed alleged illness from shellfish and detection of pathogens in products in its 2022 annual report.

The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) is tasked with ensuring seafood safety for consumers up to retail and verifying seafood trade.

2022 was described as a challenging

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Public health officials in New Zealand are reminding people to thoroughly cook collected shellfish to avoid Vibrio parahaemolyticus infection.

New Zealand is in the warmer summer months of the Southern Hemisphere now and in previous such seasons, there has been a rise in Vibrio infections.

Between November 2021 and July 2022, there

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Scientists have assessed the use of next-generation sequencing (NGS) methods for norovirus in shellfish.

They found such techniques are ready to substitute current methods despite some limitations.

Bivalve molluscan shellfish (BMS) contamination with norovirus is a significant public health risk. Contaminated foods, such as oysters, may harbor concentrations of viral

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Potentially hazardous shellfish have been seized in the United Kingdom while officials in New Zealand are urging people not to eat illegally sold mussels.

In the UK, Operation Pearl discovered shellfish being illegally harvested from Chichester harbor.

Shellfish that are harvested from unmonitored areas maybe unsafe for human consumption. They

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Alaska’s Division of Public Health has released a new report, showing a decrease in Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning in recent years.  

The report found that between 1993 and 2021, there were 132 reports of poisoning in Alaska. Five deaths were recorded. Most incidents occurred in the boroughs of Kodiak Island, around
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Food recall guidance for businesses in New Zealand has been updated.

The guidance document includes example procedures, checklists, and spreadsheets plus revised recall risk assessment and audit forms. Six steps are listed with the first being investigate to understand the problem and the last is audit so corrective and preventative
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