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Oyster research leads to award

SARDI researcher, Sutasinee Anantanawat, sensory testingSARDI Food Safety and Innovation researcher, Sutasinee Anantanawat, was awarded the Malcolm Bird Award at the Australian Institute Food Science Technology Convention in Adelaide in July 2012. This followed her conference presentation entitled “Towards Norovirus Resistant Oysters".

Norovirus is the most significant cause of food-borne gastroenteritis globally and increasingly stringent regulatory controls are being imposed on the food industry to ensure that foods are free of this pathogen. Ms Anantanawat’s research has investigated the expression of norovirus-binding receptors in oysters. This work may assist future efforts to reduce the public health burden through the development of oysters that do not specifically retain the virus. The award is for AIFST members under 30 years of age who demonstrate academic achievement, leadership and integrity in their profession.