Summary of Awards to Date

Development and validation of practical and broadly reactive methods to detect and quantify viral contamination in at-risk food items.

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Sep. 15, 2007 - Sep. 14, 2009

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Center for Produce Safety

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Lee-Ann Jaykus, Ph.D.
North Carolina State University


Vinje, J.


Human enteric viruses, i.e., hepatitis A virus and particularly the noroviruses, are the leading cause of foodborne disease. For a number of unique reasons, detection of these viruses in foods is very difficult. There is a need to develop better virus detection methods to facilitate our understanding and control of these important foodborne disease agents. The purpose of this work is to develop broadly reactive and highly sensitive, yet simple and inexpensive, methods to detect the epidemiologically relevant enteric viruses in candidate foods.