A restaurant or other restaurant business can be at risk for food poisoning if a person enters the building without proper food hygiene practices, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“If you go into a restaurant without cleaning, with no disinfectants or any kind of disinfectants at all, that is going to lead to a lot of people having food poisoning,” Dr. Richard Miller, the director of the CDC’s National Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, told ABC News.
“That is why it is so important to make sure you have proper cleaning, and you have food in the food storage area, and that you have appropriate equipment to get it all cleaned and sanitized.”
The CDC says that a number of restaurants have been hit hard by food poisoning incidents in recent years.
The agency says that it is trying to educate restaurant owners and managers to take precautions against food poisoning.
Miller also recommends that people wear gloves when handling food.
The report says that the number of food poisoning deaths at restaurants has doubled in the last decade, to 1,633 in 2011 from 1,300 in 2005.
In addition, the number is up by an estimated 1,600 in 2014 from 1.1 million in 2010.
The CDC says it is concerned that people are not washing hands after handling food, and says that people who are already sick should go to the hospital immediately.
“There are no standards for how long someone has to be in the hospital or how long it takes for a person to recover,” Miller said.
“So, if you have been in the kitchen for a while and your hand is starting to bleed, you should call the doctor and have the doctor come get you.”