There is an increasing number of alerts and reported outbreaks of foodborne viruses in food of non-animal origin. Viruses mostly associated with viral foodborne illnesses and outbreaks are Norovirus (NoV) and Hepatitis A virus (HAV).

Noroviruses have been recognized worldwide as a leading cause of foodborne gastroenteritis over the last decade. HAV causes very severe inflammation of the liver (hepatitis). However, HAV is mainly a problem in developing countries and should be taken into consideration when importing food products originating from these countries. The WHO provide a map with an overview of the estimated Hepatitis A virus prevalence.

A broad range of foods have been implicated in NoV/HAV foodborne outbreaks:

  • shellfish (e.g. oysters, mussels), crustaceans and their products;
  • fruits - mainly berries - and vegetables (fresh and frozen);
  • unpasteurized fruit and vegetable juices;
  • ready-to-eat food.

Legislation

There is actually no European legislation in place for Norovirus and Hepatitis A virus in fresh produce. However there are scientific opinions made by EFSA. 

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Analysis methods

Our detection procedure is based on the ISO Technical Specification 15216, describing a quantitative and qualitative horizontal method for determination of HAV and NoV in food using RT-qPCR (ISO/TS 15216:2).

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Sample matrix

For the samples, we talk mainly about fresh produce and fruits and about processed fruits and vegetables.

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Certified by

We are the first lab in Bulgaria that will receive the ISO 17025 accreditation for virological analysis (Hepatitis A and Norovirus) in food and feed. We expect to receive the new accreditation certificate by Belac in the first quarter of 2017.

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