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

Nevin Barich

Nevin Barich

Dec 1, 2011 – Industry Intelligence

LOS ANGELES , 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.

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