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									AVIAN INFLUENZA A (H5N1) or BIRD FLU Sodexo procedures and recommendations
Updated: December 2008

The present situation
o In recent months, several countries have reported cases of a virus (sometimes designated by its classification code, H5N1. But sometimes suspected of mutated virus), originating in animals, mainly birds and poultry. As of today, some cases have also been reported in China. In the whole world, there have been approximately 250 cases of humans who have had close contact with poultry fowl contracting a type of flu similar to the virus. These cases have indicated that it is possible for the virus to be transmitted to humans who have prolonged contact with infected birds. At present, health experts are concerned about the possibility of a mutation of the virus into a form transmittable from human to human, although there is no scientific evidence of any such occurrence. According to the international scientific community, a mutation could occur through a crossing of the avian virus with a form of human flu, but this is a phenomenon never yet observed. In order to limit animal contagion and reduce the possibilities of a crossing of animal and human forms for flu, global public and scientific authorities have called for certain restrictive measures, essentially as preventative steps. With regard to food consumption, international public health authorities such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the scientific community is unified on the absence of risk of contamination by ingestion, particularly when the poultry is cooked (the virus being destroyed when cooked at least five minutes at temperatures of at least 60° centigrade, and China hygiene regulations state it shall be minimum 70° centigrade of core temperature), and also that the virus would not resist gastric juices.

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To support the preventative initiatives taken by health authorities and to respond to potential concerns on the part of the public, Sodexo, as a world leader in food services, has put in place a series of preventative measures based on the following position.

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Sodexo’s Position
• With regard to food consumption, international public health authorities such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the scientific community are unified on the absence of risk of contamination by ingestion. The measures taken by Sodexho, particularly concerning food purchasing and preparation are intended as reassurance for our customers and for the protection of our employees wherever they are located around the world. Sodexo supports the position of public health authorities of international organizations, such as the WHO, and of numerous countries in adopting a responsible fact-based approach toward the situation and seeking to avoid a state of panic regarding food safety or health concerns. Sodexo has issued rules and recommendations and rules that are applicable in all countries where Sodexho is present at whatever level of activity (i.e., including countries outside Asia and Europe).

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Sodexo preventive measures, in China
PURCHASING
Poultry products origin: 100% of the poultry purchased by Sodexo China is from certified suppliers. Our poultry suppliers have already provided us with the Local government quarantine certificate stating that the poultry purchased is safe. A copy of this certificate will be posted in every restaurant and operations. As the main contamination mean comes from a close contact with live or freshly slaughtered animals, only frozen poultry products are purchased and served.

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Sodexo China purchasing managers and hygiene officers are following the evolution of the situation every day, and a special monitoring team has been set up to coordinate all information and actions in China, in relation with Sodexo Group special monitoring team.

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POULTRY COOKING
Cooking temperature: Raw material: All poultry products are always cooked well done (meat internal temperature of 70ºC) Suspension from all menus of all recipes containing raw eggs and recipes containing poultry that do not involve preparation in a way that would guarantee destruction of the virus – in other words, not cooked at least five minutes at temperatures of at least 70° centigrade.

EMPLOYEE HEALTH PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES
Sodexo has taken internal measures in order to limit employees from being exposed to the avian virus. Additionally, in all countries where cases of avian bird flu have been detected, the company is limiting to the minimum the number of employees involved in on-site activities at poultry raising facilities. Only auditors and expert purchasers, who are knowledgeable regarding necessary personal protective measures, are authorized to perform these activities. Employee training: Prohibition of all visits to facilities raising poultry or fowl, with the exception of visits for audits or control conducted by expert buyers who will take all necessary personal protective measures. Reinforcement of employee hygiene training. Request all personnel to inform their manager if they have travelled during the prior three months to a country where cases of avian flu have been reported and visited facilities there that raise poultry or fowl; in such cases, require a medical exam to ensure non-infection. Wash hands and change gloves frequently. Avoid live animal markets and poultry farms. Any employee developing flu like symptoms (fever, cough, difficulties to breathe) must consult a physician before returning to work.

Employee training: Travel:

Personal hygiene: Symptoms:

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