Winter flu season is upon us! The winter vomiting bug – or norovirus – causes an estimated 3 million cases of diarrhoea and vomiting each year. You’re more likely to catch norovirus by coming into contact with an infected person, but it can also be spread by contaminated food.
Norovirus is one of the most common causes of foodborne illness in the UK. In research published by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in 2020, it was estimated that norovirus is responsible for around 380,000 cases of food poisoning in the UK.
It’s important for food businesses to be aware of the risks norovirus poses, as it can survive in food for a long time, and outbreaks have been caused by food handlers, contaminated oysters and fresh produce.
But luckily, Food Alert are here to help. In our latest podcast episode, our Technical Advisory Board member, Julia Wilson, talks about norovirus, why it’s important for food businesses to be aware of, how to prevent outbreaks and all the considerations you’ll need to make at your business.