There are 2 major foodborne viruses. These are Hepatitis A and Norovirus.
Hepatitis A is mainly found in the feces of people infected with it. The virus can contaminate water and many types of food. It is commonly linked with ready-to-eat food. However, it has also been linked with shellfish from contaminated water. The virus is often transferred to food when infected food handlers touch food or equipment with fingers that have feces on them. Eating only a small amount of the virus can make a person sick.An infected person may not show symptoms for weeks but can be very infectious. Finally, cooking does not destroy Hepatitis A.
Norovirus is commonly linked with ready-to-eat food. It has also been linked with contaminated water. Norovirus is often transferred to food when infected food handlers touch food or equipment with fingers that have feces on them. Eating only a small amount of Norovirus can make a person sick. It is also very contagious. People become contagious within a few hours after eating it. The virus is often in a person’s feces for days after symptoms have ended.
- Hepatitis A and Norovirus are the 2 most common viral food borne infections
- Both diseases are linked with RTE food
- RTE food stands for Ready-To-Eat food.