New Food Safety Infosheet: Outbreak linked to cross-contamination and ill staff: Raw chicken was washed in the same sink as lettuce

Cross-contamination has been identified by WHO and CDC as a risk-factor that could lead to foodborne illness. Some folks, me included, have suggested that we don’t know a whole lot about cross-contamination (mechanisms for transfer and how often they happen). In a study a couple of years ago, we video recorded handling practices in food service kitchens, and saw quite a bit of cross-contamination. 

And most of it was indirect – where equipment or utensils (like sinks and knives) was an intermediate that facilitated transfer.

The newest food safety infosheet, a graphical one-page food safety-related story directed at food businesses, demonstrates some of the consequences of indirect cross-contamination.

Food Safety Infosheet Highlights:
– 75 ill with salmonellosis after eating at the Tenth Hole Tea Rooms in Southsea (U.K.)
– Salmonella found in pre-cooked pasta and dishcloths, staff tested positive
– Don’t wash raw meats. Salmonella and other bugs can be sprayed up to 3 feet away by washing.

Click here to download the sheet.

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About Ben Chapman

Dr. Ben Chapman is a professor and food safety extension specialist at North Carolina State University. As a teenager, a Saturday afternoon viewing of the classic cable movie, Outbreak, sparked his interest in pathogens and public health. With the goal of less foodborne illness, his group designs, implements, and evaluates food safety strategies, messages, and media from farm-to-fork. Through reality-based research, Chapman investigates behaviors and creates interventions aimed at amateur and professional food handlers, managers, and organizational decision-makers; the gate keepers of safe food. Ben co-hosts a biweekly podcast called Food Safety Talk and tries to further engage folks online through Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and, maybe not surprisingly, Pinterest. Follow on Twitter @benjaminchapman.