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How Food Handlers Can Contaminate Food Food handlers can cause illness when they transfer microorganisms to food they touch. Many times these microorganisms come from the food handlers themselves. Food handlers can contaminate food when: They have a food borne Illness The show symptoms of gastrointestinal illness (an illness relating to the stomach or intestine) They live with or are exposed to a person who is ill They touch anything that may contaminate their hands Even an apparently healthy person may be hosting food borne pathogens. With some illnesses, such as hepatitis A, a person is at the most infectious stage of the disease for several weeks before symptoms appear. With other illnesses, the pathogens may remain in a person’s system for months after all signs of infection have ceased. Some people are called carriers, because they might carry pathogens and infect others, yet never become ill themselves. Since it is so easy to contaminate food, food handlers must pay close
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  • Spring '15
  • Bacteria, Foodborne illness, food borne

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