According to the Codex Alimentarius, "in the past few years viruses have been increasingly recognised as important causes of food-borne diseases". We help you prevent these outbreaks by testing for Norovirus GI / GII and hepatitis A virus in food and bottled water

The presence of enteric viruses, particularly human Norovirus and hepatitis A virus, in faecally contaminated food is a cause of foodborne gastroenteritis and enteric hepatitis. The foods most frequently associated with gastroenteritis and hepatitis are those contaminated at source such as bivalve molluscs, salad vegetables and berry-type fruits that are consumed raw or undercooked. Nevertheless, they may also occur, to a lesser extent, in food contaminated by improper handling after cooking.

Therefore, their presence needs to be monitored by methods sensitive enough to detect these agents in food even at very low levels, since they are highly infective micro-organisms (they can infect even at very low doses of ingestion).

Due to our extensive experience in the field of virus analysis, we are also able to analyse other viruses such as SARS-Cov-2 and its variants, both on surfaces and in wastewater.

At AINIA we give you

  • Accredited by ENAC (Entidad Nacional de Acreditación) and therefore recognised by ILAC (International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation), for the performance of tests of:
    • Detection and quantification of norovirus Genogroups I and II
    • Detection and quantification of Hepatitis A virus
  • Designated as an official control laboratory for norovirus GI, GII and Hepatitis A testing
  • RT-PCR technique (method based on the ISO 15216 standard )
  • Accredited matrices: bivalve molluscs, leafy vegetables, soft fruits, bottled water
  • Experience in adapting analytical techniques to analyse other matrices:
    • Surfaces in contact with food
    • Ready-to-eat or prepared foods (prepared meals)
  • Consultation to optimise control plans and to interpret the final results
  • Fast response times, deadlines adapted to the needs of our clients, including positive release systems
Approved in the Accreditation Programme “Microbiological Testing of Foods” (NT-70.02). Tests for microbiological food compliance criteria (Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella spp., Escherichia coli, Aerobic colony count, Enterobacteriaceae, Coagulase positive Staphylococci, Presumptive Bacillus cereus, Staphylococcal enterotoxins) Accredited for the analysis of SARS-CoV-2 in waste water, and experience in the analysis of SARS-CoV-2 on surfaces in the food industry.   Consult accreditation in: ENAC accreditations AINIA laboratories


Our solutions include:

  • Consultation regarding the design of control plans

  • Providing support in managing the logistics of samples in order to adapt the conditions of collection, conditioning, transport and reception of samples

  • Analyses are carried out using the most suitable techniques, combining the highest reliability criteria with costs and deadlines adapted to the needs of our clients, even when responding to positive release systems

  • Adaptation, fine-tuning and validation of analytical techniques for virus detection in complex, unique and customer-specific matrices

  • Results are delivered through secure and accessible platforms, based on the most advanced information and communication technologies

  • Consultation to ensure the correct interpretation of the obtained results

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Sonia Marco
Head of Microbiology Laboratory

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