With the recent recall of frozen berries, implicating pomegranate seeds with Hepatitis A it is even more important to be aware of noroviruses. Human noroviruses are the most common cause of food borne disease, responsible for more than 5 million cases in the United States each year. Noroviruses spread from person to person, through contaminated food or water, and by touching contaminated surfaces. Molluscan shellfish like oysters, clams and mussels; fresh produce; and foods that are extensively handled just prior to consumption are at greatest risk for contamination.
The NoroCORE Team has developed one-page information factsheets for the berry industry, one specifically for farm management and one for harvesters. These information sheets explain the risks posed to the berry industry by norovirus and hepatitis A virus contamination, as well as important measures that can be taken on the farm to control and prevent virus contamination of berries. Click the links below to view and download PDFs of the information sheets.