Anna Charlotte Schultz

Anna Charlotte Schultz

Senior researcher

Mørkhøj Bygade 19, Building H, Room 2.04

2860 Søborg

Denmark

Phone: 35887356

Mobile: 25477019

Fax: 35887028

Noroviruses (causing vomiting and diarrhea) and hepatitis A virus (causing liver disease) are the most commonly detected food-borne viruses. They are easily transmitted via food and water or via person to person contact.


The increased global export has resulted in increased risk for large-scale outbreaks that are difficult to detect. Detection in food requires specialized expertise that is not yet available in most laboratories charged with quality control of food. While regulations are in place to monitor the microbiological quality of food, the criteria in use has been developed based on properties of bacteria, not viruses. Viruses behave quite differently and may stay alive under circumstances in which bacterial contaminants would be killed.

 

I develop methods for detection of viruses and fecal indicators in food and water and study the stability of viruses stored and treated under different circumstances. My research based consultancy to the industry and food authorities includes viral analysis during outbreak investigations, development of EU standard methods and guidelines, assessment of viral disinfectants, as well as food safety issues on the topic of food-borne viruses in shellfish production areas and food process lines.

 



CV

Education

- 1998 Civil ingeneer - Technical University of Denmark

Academic grades

Cand Polyt

Professional experience

2000 - 2007 Microbiologist (DFVF) - Danish Institute for Food and Veterinary Research, Microbiological Food Safety and Risk Assessment
2007 - Microbiologist (Food-DTU) - Technical University of Denmark, Microbiology and Risk Assessment

Languages

English

Expertise

Food virology Microbiology Food Safety Viral stabitity Microbiological contamination of Shellfish production areas Fecal indicators

International experience

CEN/TC 275/WG6/TAG4 - Detection of viruses in food and bottled water (2004-present), EU COST Action 929 - A European network for environmental and food virology (ENVIRONET)(2007-2010), EU FOOD-2006-CT-036272 - Improved bio-traceability of unintended microorganisms and their substances in food and feed chains (BIOTRACER)(2008-2009), NMR 681048-05320: An Inter-Nordic collaborative study of viral extraction from oysters and mussels - Nordic minister of Councils (2005-08), NKJ 013-130: Reducing the risk from food-borne viruses in the Nordic countries (FOOD-VIRUS) - Nordisk Jorbrugsforskning (2008-10), NKJ 013-65: A Nordic network for validation and standardization of methods for detection of Food and waterborne Viruses (FoodVirus)- Nordisk Jorbrugsforskning (2005-07), NMR 681048-10458: Comparison of methods for detection of virus in oysters - Nordic minister of Councils (2005-07).

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