E. coli O157 cross-contamination caterers factsheet


This factsheet is a handy guide containing the key consideration for those in the catering industry. It is not intended to replace the full E. coli O157 Control of cross-contamination guidance.

Contaminated food can make your customers seriously ill and can even kill. This factsheet, if followed correctly, will help you control the risk of cross-contamination within your business. For further advice on anything in this factsheet, please refer to the corresponding section in the full guidance.

What is E. coli and cross-contamination?

E. coli O157 is a harmful bacterium that is particularly dangerous because it can cause infections in very low doses - less than 10 bacteria. It can survive refrigeration and freezing and has been shown to be tolerant of acid, salt and dry conditions

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