Viruses in Food: Scientific Advice to Support Risk Management Activities. Meeting Report
Microbiological Risk Assessment Series, No. 13
Nonserial Publication
World Health Organization
ISBN-13    9789241563772 ISBN-10    924156377X
Order Number    11500751 Format    Paper Back
Price    CHF    20.00 / US$    24.00 Developing countries:    CHF    14.00
English     2008        74   pages
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This report draws attention to the threat of viruses as a risk to public health when they are present in food. Viruses play a major role in the burden of infectious intestinal disease and require special and separate attention because they behave differently from bacteria. Also, currently used control measures typically either have not been validated and there is not a good understanding of their efficacy towards viruses, or are not effective in controlling virus contamination. Foodborne viral infections are very common in many parts of the world and the characteristics of foodborne viruses present new challenges for risk managers. In identifying the major routes of viral contamination of foods, this report seeks to highlight those areas which need immediate attention and provide guidance to both risk assessors and risk managers in understanding the challenges to be overcome in effectively addressing the problems associated with foodborne viruses.