'Norovirus tests are the worst thing we face': Warning from mussel industry
New Shellfish / Norovirus regulations?
Norovirus testing on shellfish could “end” the industry warn mussel operators as the EU considers new regulations.
Norovirus stringent limits?
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is consulting on bringing in testing for the bug – that causes vomiting and diarrhoea – and introducing stringent limits on shellfish cultivation areas where the virus is detected.
Produce shellfish in no norovirus contaminated areas
A EFSA spokesperson said that the EFSA’s Panel on Biological Hazards concludes in its risk assessment that the most effective public health measures to protect consumers from exposure to norovirus in shellfish are to produce shellfish in areas which are not contaminated or to prevent contamination of mollusc production areas. The Panel recommends establishing acceptable limits for the presence of virus in oysters that are harvested and placed on the market in the European Union.