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From: Food Quality & Safety Magazine, 2.12.13

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A Look at the New Strain of Norovirus

Restaurant workers, food distributors, and others in food supply chain should keep vigilant about reducing the risk of cross-contamination

A new strain of norovirus, known as “GII 4 Sydney” since it was first identified in Australia last year, has caused more than 140 outbreaks of stomach illness in the U.S. from the time when it first emerged here in September 2012. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, GII 4 Sydney is now responsible for at least 60% of the norovirus outbreaks in the U.S.

U.K. Regulators, Food Industry Agree on Testing Program

In response to findings of horse, pig DNA in beef products

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) and representatives of the food industry in the United Kingdom agreed to conduct testing of meat products and publish the results “to provide a clearer picture of standards in the food chain,” the agency announced February 4. Some grocery chains have also announced their own new DNA testing regimens. The tests are being implemented in response to the identification of horse and pig DNA in beef products in the U.K. and Ireland.

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