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Integrated monitoring and control of foodborne viruses in European food supply chains - OZ0147

Hepatitis E virus (HEV) can be transmitted zoonotically via ingestion of infected pig tissues. The virus has been shown to be present in retail pig livers in the UK (M Banks, manuscript in preparation) and in several other developed regions. Despite this, previous epidemiological analysis of clinical cases of hepatitis E in the UK and elsewhere has indicated that there may be other routes of zoonotic transmission contributing to the disease burden (Lewis et al., 2008; Dalton et al 2008).
By analysis of samples collected at various points from farm to retail outlet, this project aims to develop a system for monitoring HEV contamination of pig products.

The project is also assessing contamination of other food products, namely soft fruit, salad vegetables and shellfish, for HEV and Norovirus, and although the VLA will not be carrying out this work, they will have access to all the information generated from these studies by other partners in the consortium

The concept of VITAL is the integrated risk assessment and management of contamination of the European farm to market food supply chain by pathogenic viruses.
1. To acquire data on virus contamination of food and environmental sources suitable for quantitative viral risk assessment.

2. To assess foodborne viral risks for determining high risk situations and efficacy of interventions.

3. To develop new measures to prevent virus contamination of foods and the environment.

4. To develop and assess measures for virus reduction and control in case of virus contamination.
Project Documents
• EVID4 - Final project report : OZ0147 - Final Report   (367k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2008

To: 2012

Cost: £53,623
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Veterinary Laboratories Agency
Animal Health              
European Union (EU)              
Food Safety              
Plants and Animals              
Fields of Study
Animal Health