Ad Hoc Group on Foodborne Viral Infections

Terms of reference, membership and work of the Ad Hoc Group on Foodborne Viral Infections.

Terms of reference

  • Assess the extent of viral foodborne infection in the UK with particular reference to norovirus and hepatitis E, including discussion on the issues surrounding emerging risks.
  • Describe the epidemiology, sources and mode of transfer of foodborne viral infection.
  • Agree a framework outlining the key criteria for assessing the foodborne risks posed by viruses.
  • Review the recommendations from the 1998 report and the Governments' responses.
  • Identify practical options that might exist, or be developed, for the prevention and control of foodborne transmission. Including communication strategies to target the industry and consumers.
  • Assess the implication of new technologies for public health and control of foodborne viruses.
  • Identify data gaps and research priorities where it would be valuable to have more information.
  • Report on these matters by January 2013.

Membership

Chair
Professor Sarah O’Brien (from April 2011)

Members
Mrs Rosie Glazebrook
Professor Jim Gray
Ms Jenny Hopwood
Dr Sally Millership
Mrs Jenny Morris

Co-opted members
Dr Nigel Cook (Food and Environment Research Agency)
Dr David Lees (Cefas)
Professor David Brown (Health Protection Agency) (from April 2011)

Assessor

Mr Stephen Wyllie (Defra)

Summary of meetings

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