Hepatitis A Information for Food Establishments

What Food Workers and Establishments Need to Know

What is hepatitis A?

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious virus that can infect a person's liver and make them sick for weeks to months. Currently there are outbreaks of hepatitis A across the US. The virus is spread through stool (feces/poop) of people with the virus. People can get hepatitis A by eating food or water contaminated with feces of a person that has the virus, or through person-to-person contact with someone that has the virus.

What are the symptoms of hepatitis A?

Many people don't know they have hepatitis A and can spread the virus without knowing they have it. Symptoms don't usually appear until 15-50 days after the person is infected and some people, especially younger children, get mild or no symptoms. If symptoms develop they can include:

How can I prevent hepatitis A in food establishments?

Hepatitis A can be prevented in restaurants, grocery stores, and other food establishments by following routine food safety procedures including:

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