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.


Professor Sarah O’Brien (from April 2011)

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)


Mr Stephen Wyllie (Defra)

Summary of meetings

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