This in from Diane Ducharme:
Berries are in the news with Hepatitis A.
I wanted to let you know of some great resources that have been created through NoroCORE (Read more about this project below) for the Berry Industry. Please feel free to us these in your newsletters or blogs.
Links to Infosheet on Hepatisis A - one for farm management and one for berry harvesters:
Direct Link: http://norocore.ncsu.edu/for-i
Update on Hep A Outbreak: http://norocore.
Contact Information for Fresh Produce:
NoroCORE, the USDA-NIFA Food Virology Collaborative, is a food safety collaborative that focuses on outreach, research, and education in the field of food virology. NoroCORE’s ultimate goal is to reduce the burden of food borne disease associated with viruses, particularly noroviruses. NoroCORE is comprised of more than 30 lead scientists and their teams, from 18 institutions, with numerous stakeholders in the academic, industry, and government sectors. This multi-disciplinary team is working in an integrated manner to develop improved tools, skills, and capacity to understand and control food borne virus risks.
Through NoroCORE, we have put together a couple of infosheets with information about viruses in berries. There are two infosheets: one directed at harvesters and one directed at farm management. I hope these will be helpful for those individuals with questions about viral contamination of berries as the Hepatitis A outbreak in pomegranate seeds continues... (Excerpt taken from http://norocore.ncsu.edu/