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. Jennifer Shields

Jennifer Shields is a postdoctoral research scholar in the Food, Bioprocessing, and Nutrition Sciences department at North Carolina State University. Her current work in the laboratory of Dr. Lee-Ann Jaykus includes managing two projects for identifying sources of human and animal fecal contamination, and associated pathogens, in food production.

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Recent Food Virology News!

  • NoroCORE tie

    The great #findnorocore contest!

    We are really excited to announce that we are holding a special contest at this year’s IAFP! Essentially, it is a giant “Where’s Waldo?” scavenger hunt that is open to everyone attending IAFP. NoroCORE team members will be wearing some very attractive neckwear while they are at the conference. We had these custom neckties and […]

  • A bunch of norovirus plushies

    Guess what’s coming to IAFP?

    We have been working really hard on this year’s swag for IAFP, and we have a lot of neat things to show for our efforts. Here is a bit of what we are bringing to the exhibitor’s hall. Come visit us at booth #545 (we’re near the food) if you want to come away with […]

  • Lake shoreline with dock

    Outbreaks of gastrointestinal illness at three popular US swimming spots

    It’s the time of year when people take to the water to relax and beat the heat, but unfortunately, noroviruses don’t mind getting wet. Over the weekend, three popular swimming spots were closed after visitors became sick with norovirus-like symptoms: Horseshoe Lake in Washington, Blue Lake in Oregon, and Eagle Island State Park in Idaho. […]

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