Food Safety Challenges: Controlling Foodborne Viruses

Date: 1 December, 2015

Location: The Gibson Hotel, The Point Village, Dublin

Time: 9.30am – 4.00pm

Aim of workshop

The aim of this event is to gather and share existing knowledge and identify key gaps to steer future research in foodborne viruses.

Key speakers will present on the latest developments in viruses that are transmitted through the food chain. The event will explore regulatory issues and challenges in detection of foodborne viruses whilst facilitating discussion around the methods for controlling viruses in the food industry. Case studies will include the EU outbreak of hepatitis A virus linked to frozen berries and Norovirus which is associated with the consumption of Shellfish.

Who should attend?

Representatives from the food industry, food producers, members from the catering industry, regulators, researchers, those working in academia and other government departments


9.00-9.30 Registration with tea & coffee  
9.30-9.45 Welcome address 

Dr Gary Kearney 


Session 1

9.45-10.15 “Epidemiology of foodborne virus infection in the EU”

Dr Patricia Garvey

Health Protection Surveillance Centre

10.15-10.45 “Viruses transmitted through the food chain: latest developments”

Dr Helen O’Shea

Cork Institute of Technology


"Multistate outbreak of hepatitis A virus linked to frozen berries - a European case study”

Dr Lisa O’Connor

Food Safety Authority of Ireland 


“Hepatitis E Virus in pigs: a foodborne threat, or a threat to food?”

Dr Eoin Ryan

Department of Agriculture

12.00-1.00 Lunch  

Session 1

1.00-1.30 “Detection of viruses in food- the challenges”

Dr Joanne O’Gorman


2.00-2.30 "Monitoring and controlling viral contamination of shellfish”

Dr Bill Dore

Marine Institute

2.30-3.30 “Contribution of the food chain to the burden of UK-acquired norovirus infection”

Prof Miren Iturriza-Gomara

University of Liverpool

3.30-4.00 “Control of Foodborne Viruses and Challenges for the Food Industry” 

Mr Martin D’Agostino


Find out more

For more information on this event:

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