Environmental Health and Safety

Swine Influenza Safety Alert

April 28, 2009

Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) is alerting food service establishments at the university of the swine flu outbreak in Texas. Swine flu is found in pigs, but is not transmitted by eating pork or pork products.

To prevent the spread of swine flu, EHS strongly suggests that you take the following actions to protect your patrons, your employees, and your business:

  • Aggressively ask employees if they are or have been ill with flu-like symptoms. Symptoms of flu infection can be found on the attached swine flu fact sheet.
  • If an employee thinks they have the flu, advise them to seek medical attention.
  • If they are positive for flu, exclude him or her from work for at least 72 hours.
  • If you know that you have had or currently have ill employees, sanitize all food contact surfaces, equipment, and dishes with a 1,000 PPM chlorine solution (5 capfuls bleach/1 gallon of water).
  • Minimize or eliminate bare hand contact with food — use utensils and gloves.
  • Remind employees to be extra mindful about proper handwashing practices.
  • Test your dishwashing system to ensure that it is operational and provides the proper sanitization levels and temperatures as required.

In addition, you can refer to information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the EHS Swine Flu FAQ.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. If you have any questions you can call 512-471-3511. Together we can make a difference in preventing the spread of illness at the university.