Last updated on 1 October 2012
Research call: norovirus
The Food Standards Agency is inviting tenders to assess the contribution made by the food chain to the burden of UK-acquired norovirus infection.
The FSA wants to commission research to define and quantify accurately the burden of UK-acquired norovirus infection attributable to the consumption of contaminated foods. The research should also determine the relative contribution of different foods commodities to foodborne norovirus infections as well as the impact of contamination from infected food handlers in the food industry including the catering sector.
About norovirus and its transmission
Human enteric viruses are a major cause of infectious intestinal disease and foodborne transmission is considered an important route of infection. Norovirus is the most common cause of viral food poisoning in the UK and was responsible for an estimated 457,742 cases in 2010.
Person-to-person transmission is a key route of norovirus infection. Although contaminated food is frequently associated with outbreaks of norovirus, or suspected norovirus infection, there are significant gaps in our knowledge and the importance of the food chain as a transmission route for norovirus is not well understood. There is a need to determine the relative contribution of different food sources and pathways to the overall norovirus disease burden.
To find out more about the research call, you will need to register as a supplier on the FSA’s electronic tendering system ePPS via the link below. Applications should be submitted by Thursday 15 November 2012.