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GOJO microbiologists, scientists, nurses and communication professionals post regularly and we also get the views of outside experts and thought leaders in the field. It’s all part of the GOJO Purpose, saving lives and making lives better through well-being solutions.

Being Proactive to Stop the Spread of Norovirus - the Importance of Excluding Sick Food Handlers


By Chip Manuel, Ph.D.

Food Safety Science Advisor

Norovirus is the leading cause of foodborne illness in the United States. It causes 58 percent of all foodborne illness each year, which amounts to approximately $2 billion in costs, mainly due to lost productivity and healthcare costs.

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Food Safety Training and Education Lead to Food Safety Culture


By Francine Shaw

President/CEO of Savvy Food Safety, Inc.

Food safety culture, food safety education, food safety training – all phrases that we hear daily in the foodservice industry. While they sound similar, they are not synonymous. In my opinion as a food safety expert, there’s a huge difference between food safety education and food safety training. Food safety education is an ongoing effort to teach foodservice professionals about more than just the “basics.” It’s helping them understand why food safety is so important, the proper protocols to follow, how to prevent contamination, cross-contact, etc. – on an ongoing basis. 

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Hepatitis A: What We Know (and Can Learn) from the Outbreaks


By Chip Manuel, Ph.D.

Food Safety Science Advisor

According to Florida Department of Health, the state had 106 hepatitis A cases in 2014. 123 in 2015. 122 in 2016. In 2017, that number doubled to 276. In 2018, it almost doubled again – reaching 548 cases. As of August 3rd, that number is almost 4x the number of cases from the previous year. In 2019, 2,123 hepatitis A cases have been reported to date. In fact, in the week of July 28th to August 3rd had 81 hepatitis A cases. While Florida is getting the most media attention, 29 states have reported an ongoing hepatitis A outbreak, according to the CDC.

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Outbreak Prevention: Be Equipped with a Body Fluid Spill Kit


By Lacha Noward

Senior Market Development Manager – Foodservice

It’s the middle of a lunch rush. And you hear a bit of a commotion by one of the tables. Then the unmistakable sound of a vomitous event. Someone got sick. It’s a mess. Even worse, the possibility of a norovirus outbreak just became a reality. Diners are grossed-out and your team members are looking to you for a solution. What do you do?

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