Restaurants like the Stillwater Grill in Okemos follow strict standards to make sure they keep their customers safe. Workers are required to wear gloves when they handle food, and they frequently sanitize their equipment. General Manager Joann Decker says the recent outbreak of the Noro-Virus at the Carrabbas in Delta Township is a reminder to her and her employees. They must remember to take the necessary precautions when it comes to food safety. "We've been talking about it saying look how important it is. Look what can happen just one time failing to wash your hands properly."
Food-borne illnesses are spread easily. And even the cleanest restaurants can be hit. So Decker says it's important to follow very good hygiene. "Proper handwashing and time temperature issues are extremely important."
Dr. Robert Schirmer is the Medical Director at the Barry-Eaton District Health Department. He says symptons of the stomach flu and food-borne illnesses are similar. But he warns people to contact their local health department if they come down with a sudden case of vomitting and diahrrea. "We won't identify an outbreak unless people contact us."