Norovirus found in 69% of oysters sold in the UK

More than 67% of the shellfish sold in the UK is infected with norovirus, according to new findings from two studies. Contaminated oysters poison 11,800 cases /year of norovirus in the UK researchers at the Centre for Applied Marine Sciences on Anglesey found. In another study, scientists at the Center for Environmental, Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences (CEFAS) looked at 630 samples sold in supermarkets over 12 months. According to this study, the virus had been present in 69% of samples. There were 145 norovirus outbreaks across England between January and March of this year. These findings did not prevent David Jarrad from the Shellfish Association of Great Britain (SAGB) to refute the findings and insists: “You’re more likely to get ill from eating salad than oysters.” @

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