Ep 1 Australia’s Talking Oysters: Richard Barrie

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Survey of Foodborne Viruses in Australian Oysters

Richard Barrie, Nambucca Oysters, Nambucca River, NSW

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Richard’s Transcript

Hi, I’m Richard Barrie, farming on the Nambucca River. About a year, 12 months month without a flood  . .  long may it continue! And now a little drop of rain.

Norovirus may well be found in every estuary. So we’re testing, now that funding has been found, to establish a background level that is hopefully not a public health issue which can facilitate earlier opening of an estuary should an outbreak occur.

In the Northern Hemsiphere virus levels are far higher and establishing Australian levels may avoid imposition of the imposed extremely stringent protocols on our industry.


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