Hepatitis E virus in pork meat products and exposure assessment in Belgium.

Last updated on 3-5-2023 by Elena Debock

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Zoonotic hepatitis E virus (HEV) genotype 3 infections are the predominant cause of acute viral hepatitis in Europe, mostly associated with the consumption of HEV contaminated pork meat. In this study we looked at the HEV RNA positivity rate of pork meat products readily available from Belgian supermarkets and evaluated the overall HEV consumer exposure in a Belgian context. Two basic assessments were performed in a ‘worst-case’ scenario setting: one solely focusing on the contamination level of the product itself (ingredients and processing parameters) and another estimating the overall co…

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