The FSA finalised a comprehensive critical review on the approaches to assess the infectivity of the HEV virus which is published  recommending that a cell culture based method should be developed for use with food.
This research project aims to estimate the burden and causes of infectious intestinal disease (IID) in the UK population.
This study outlines the methodology and results of a multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) used by the Food Standards Agency to rank thirteen foodborne pathogens in order of their detrimental effect on UK society.
The current Food Standards Agency guidance states that consumers can freeze pre-packed food right up to the “use-by” date and, once food has been defrosted, it should be consumed within 24 hours. The microbiological team at the FSA has drafted a strategic review to understand whether there is an increased risk to freezing foods on the use-by date compared to the day before the use-by date. The review has focused on how the shelf-life of a food is determined and the effects of freezing, thawing and refrigeration on common foodborne pathogens.
A microbiological survey of campylobacter contamination in fresh whole UK-produced chilled chickens at retail sale (Y5)
This survey follows on from previous reports examining fresh, whole UK-produced chickens sold at non-major retailers. The survey again looks at prevalence and levels of campylobacter contamination and antimicrobial resistance on chicken neck skin.
Optimising extraction and RT-qPCR-based detection of hepatitis E virus (HEV) from pork meat and pork products
The aim of this project is to address the lack of standardised methods for the detection of HEV in pork meat and pork products.
This project will explore the survival of SARS-CoV-2 virus on the surfaces of various foods and food packaging materials at a range of temperatures, humidity levels and time periods representative of a retail environment.
Meta-analysis of the efficacy of interventions applied during primary processing to reduce microbiological contamination in beef
This project assessed the significance of various interventions to reduce the microbiological load on beef in primary production identified in a previous literature review (FSA project FS301044).
This package of evidence was put together to support the NHS (England) Hospital Food Review Panel’s consideration of food safety as part of the “root and branch” review of the food provided in NHS facilities for patients, visitors and staff.
Comparing the methodologies used to estimate foodborne disease in the UK to those used in other countries
A systematic literature review of the different methodologies used to estimate foodborne infectious intestinal disease in different countries. This includes assessing whether comparisons of foodborne disease rates between countries using different approaches are possible.
A critical literature review to assess the significance of intervention methods to reduce the microbiological load on beef through primary production
This project performed a broad critical review of literature on interventions applied in a minced beef production chain for the reduction of bacterial load, with a focus on the pre-slaughter, slaughter, and post-slaughter production processes.
Coronavirus risk to UK consumers via shellfish and crops grown on land treated with sewage sludge - Risk assessment
Risk question: What is the coronavirus risk to UK consumers via shellfish and crops grown on land treated with sewage sludge?
Qualitative risk assessment on the risk of food or food contact materials as a transmission route for SARS-CoV-2
Risk question: What is the risk of food, food contact materials, or food packaging being a source or transmission route of SARS-CoV-2 for UK consumers?
This Report contains the results of a five year programme to build a Cost of Illness (COI) model, which for the first time allows us to estimate the burden of foodborne illness in the UK.
This paper includes the Foodborne Disease Estimation Model (FDEM), developed by analysts at the FSA to provide annual estimates for the burden of foodborne disease in the UK.
An internal FSA review of the Norovirus Attribution Study (NoVAS)
Assessing the contribution made by the food chain to the burden of UK-acquired norovirus infection
A critical review of microbiological colonisation of nano- and microplastics (NMPs) and their significance to the food chain
This project will critically review the science literature to determine the diversity of microorganisms that colonise nano and microplastics (NMPs), the key pathways these microbiologically contaminated plastics can enter the food chain and the risk that they pose to human health. This review will also consider antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and biofilm formation.
This report contains the results of a three-month data gathering project, in which major retailers were subject to a microbiological survey of campylobacter contamination in fresh whole UK-produced chilled chickens at retail sale.
A microbiological survey of campylobacter contamination in fresh whole UK-produced chilled chickens at retail sale (Y2/3/4)
This survey follows on from the 2014/15 survey examining fresh, whole UK-produced chickens sold at retail. The survey again looks at prevalence and levels of campylobacter contamination both on the chicken skin and on the outside of the packaging.
This project will produce a mathematical model to predict the thermal stringency, in terms of time and temperature combinations, needed to inactivate hepatitis E virus (HEV) typically found in different matrices, including foods such as pork and pork products, water and blood.
Scientists, clinicians and policy advisors from EU member states took part in a workshop in March 2018 to encourage cooperation among countries in science and policy-making relating to HEV.
A scheme has been introduced to assess the capability of individual food laboratories in performing Campylobacter spp. detection and enumeration test methodologies.
Descriptive analysis of the results of the monitoring programme for Campylobacter in broiler flocks and broiler carcases in the UK
This programme aims to identify Campylobacter contamination and production practices within the UK broiler population to potentially target ways to controlling Campylobacter in slaughterhouses.
This project studied how Campylobacter is transferred from live birds to carcasses during processing in slaughterhouses. The study also looked into methods for reducing this cross-contamination, and reviewed methods of disinfection.