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CDC Report Highlights Norovirus as Leading Cause of Foodborne Illness in U.S.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

(American Meat Institute)

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calls norovirus the leading cause of disease outbreaks from contaminated food in the U.S. CDC estimates 20 million people get sick from norovirus each year, much of them from contaminated food in restaurants and says 70 percent of the cases can be tied to infected food workers.
The report recommends that food service employees practice proper hand washing and use utensils and single-use disposable gloves to avoid touching ready-to-eat foods with bare hands; certifying kitchen managers and training food service workers in food safety practices; and establishing policies that require food service workers to stay home when sick with vomiting and diarrhea and for at least 48 hours after symptoms stop.

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