British shellfish organisations have stressed their industry’s commitment to consumer protection and food safety after research by the FSA found 76% of UK oysters contained the norovirus winter-vomiting bug.

The Shellfish Association of Great Britain (SAGB) said it welcomed all research that could help improve understanding of norovirus and pointed out that the industry had cooperated fully with the FSA’s research efforts.

It stressed that oyster cultivators were already using techniques to avoid supplying infected shellfish and that it was working with the FSA and other agencies to further improve the situation.

Industry body Seafish also stressed the sector’s commitment to safety and said it was looking forward to incorporating the findings of the FSA study “into the extensive knowledge base held at local level by harvesters in this sector.”