San Francisco Chronicle (08.24.07) - Monday, August 27, 2007
The fruit smoothie firm Jamba Juice quickly reacted to news
that an employee at one of its San Jose stores was infected
with hepatitis A. Santa Clara County Public Health Department
officials found no fault with the company or the infected
employee. The risk of infection from food or drinks served at
the 1140 Lincoln Ave. outlet is probably low, said health
officials, since the employee likely observed standard hand
washing and sanitary food preparation practices.
Symptoms of infection - including jaundice, abdominal pain,
fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, diarrhea, and fever - may
not appear for weeks after hepatitis A exposure. Hand washing
is one of the most important ways for servers to prevent
fecal-oral transmission of hepatitis A through food.
By Wednesday night, the San Jose store was sanitized and all
fresh fruit and open food containers were discarded. Employees
of the store were replaced by substitutes until they receive
hepatitis A vaccinations. The San Jose store is safe and open,
said Paul Clayton, CEO of Jamba Juice, which has 660 outlets
in 22 states.
In addition, Jamba Juice is offering customers at risk of
exposure reimbursement for testing and treatment. The disease
can be prevented by vaccination or averted by immune globulin
treatment within 14 days of exposure. The infected employee
worked Aug. 1-3, 6-9, 11, and 13-16, when company officials
estimate 4,000 customers visited the store. Those who have
previously had hepatitis A cannot get it again.
"The health and well-being of our customers and Jamba Juice
team members are our highest priorities," said Clayton.
For more information about the application forms for hepatitis
A testing and treatment reimbursement, go to
www.jambajuice.com or telephone 877-217-4780. Concerned
patrons may also contact the county health department's public
health information line at 408-885-3980 or visit