It is inviting companies interested to join the club project which will be jointly funded and steered by the members of the project.
Campden said it is setting up the project due to the fact that there is less information about the control measures needed to reduce or eliminate hazards produced by foodborne viruses than for bacterial pathogens.
The club will be of interest to processors and retailers of any foods which may be handled and could become contaminated with enteric viruses which is one of the commonest causes of gastroenteritis.
It will also be relevant to producers, suppliers, processors and retailers involved in the manufacture and sale of at-risk foods which may be spray irrigated such as salad vegetables and berry fruits.
The project is expected to provide insight on an evolving data set regarding heat treatments suitable for control of viruses in foods enabling informed risk management strategies and knowledge of water treatments that can be used to control viruses will assist primary producers in deciding the most effective treatment of irrigation water when potable water is not used or available.
The club project is planned to start on 1 November 2018 and will last for one year. Businesses interested have until Tuesday 31 July to register.