September 28, 2016 | EcoSure Food Safety Monitor

By Miriam Eisenberg, MS, RD, CP-FS

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EcoSure food safety experts collaborated with experts across Ecolab and industry to develop a comprehensive Norovirus Control Program. While we have been hearing a lot about norovirus in the news, do you know what it is? What many people call “stomach flu” is actually norovirus, a highly contagious illness that can be easily passed from family member to family member to co-workers and others. Norovirus is currently the leading cause of foodborne illness outbreaks in the U.S., causing about 58% of all outbreaks, and is on the rise as one of the most common foodborne pathogens—leaving many foodservice providers vulnerable. It is something that should be top of mind for any foodservice operator and staff; however, about one-third of food safety professionals do not identify norovirus as one of the three most common foodborne pathogens.

Any outbreak can have serious impact on your business—putting guest and employee safety, reputation and sales at risk. With norovirus being very contagious from both touch and becoming airborne, it is important to mitigate the risk of norovirus and promote a culture of prevention. The Norovirus Control Program includes education, training and tools to help prevent norovirus outbreaks and effectively respond should an incident occur.

Expert EcoSure field specialists personally educate managers and designated staff at each location. In addition, each location receives a Norovirus Control Kit which is made up of easy-to-use prevention and response tools, including wallcharts, checklists and training guides. Each unit is trained on how to effectively use the tools to help prevent and respond to a norovirus incident. To learn more about the Norovirus Control Program, contact your EcoSure representative, call 1-866-ECOSUR1 or email us.