What Is Food Virology?


Food Virology is an emerging discipline, actually a subset of Food Microbiology. Food Microbiology is the study of microorganisms in food systems. We often think of three general classifications of food borne microorganisms.

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Dr. Blanca Escudero-Abarca

Dr. Blanca Escudero is a Visiting Scientist in Dr. Lee-Ann Jaykus’ lab in the Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences at NCSU. Her current work is focused on the development of molecular techniques for detection of human noroviruses.

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Recent Food Virology News!

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    Confirmed norovirus outbreak at a wedding reception

    Noroviruses and nuptials are not a new combination (take this famous case involving contaminated wedding cakes served at 46 weddings back at in 2005).  The foodborne viruses make no distinctions when it comes to where they end up, and it is unfortunate they spread so well in places where people meet and share a meal. […]

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    Confirmed case of hepatitis A at a North Carolina restaurant

    This story is a little close to home for those of us at the NoroCORE office, and goes to show you never know where foodborne illness might turn up next. The story begins with an employee at a Papa John’s Pizza in Charlotte, NC, who became ill on March 24th after traveling outside of the […]

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    Presumed norovirus outbreak on the Crown Princess

    We are getting into the time of year when the number of norovirus cases tends to wind down, but it seems we are not out of the woods yet!  This story has been in the media spotlight recently, and as the investigation is ongoing, this post will be updated as new information emerges.  News reports […]

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