Environmental Health and Safety

Food Safety Alert — Norovirus

February 7, 2008

Dear Permitted Food Service Establishment,

Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) is alerting food service establishments at the University that there are several outbreaks in the Austin area occurring due to norovirus. Norovirus is the most common cause of foodborne disease outbreaks in the United States (causing an estimated 23 million cases per year).

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

In addition, you can refer to information from the Centers for Disease Control. 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 foodborne illness at the University.

Note: requirements may become more restrictive in the event of a campus outbreak.