U.K. food safety authorities not considering introducing new industrial processing techniques safety for oysters despite recent research that shows more than 75% of oysters grown in nation contain the norovirus
December 1, 2011
– Despite the fact that over 75% of oysters grown in the U.K. contain the nonovirus, food safety authorities in the country are not considering introducing new industrial processing techniques safety for the seafood, FoodProductionDaily.com reported Nov. 29.
A Food Standards Agency (FSA) spokesperson said that no new safety measures — such as the use of heat or pressure processes — would be considered until a safe legal level is established with the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The FSA has instead suggested an improvement of current purification processes.
Recent research has found that 76% of U.K. oysters in the nation’s growing beds contained the norovirus. The information will be put in an EFSA review, which will advise the European Commission on setting a specific legal safe level for the virus in oysters on sale in the European Union.
The primary source of this article is FoodProductionDaily.com, Montpellier, France, on Nov. 29, 2011.