The ShopRite of Somerville was recently notified by the New Jersey State Department of Health (NJDOH) and the Somerset County Health Department that an associate who worked in the deli department tested positive for hepatitis A. At this time, no additional illnesses have been reported and the risk of exposure and infection is low. Per ShopRite’s food safety protocols, associates in the deli wear gloves whenever handling food. They are required to switch their gloves between tasks and wash their hands thoroughly between glove changes. It is believed that since the associates in question followed good hand hygiene and food safety practices, the risk of exposure is small. This is an isolated incident at one store and we are working directly with NJDOH and the Somerset County Health Department to take all necessary actions.
The safety of our customers and associates is our highest priority. As soon as we received notification from the departments of health, we took immediate action to deep clean and sanitize the store, including all knives, cases, and equipment and work surfaces per required food safety protocols. All deli meats, cheeses or sandwiches from the deli department that may have been handled by the associate in question are no longer in the store. We are notifying our associates and customers of the ShopRite of Somerville.
Hepatitis A is a disease of the liver caused by a virus. Frequently Asked Questions on hepatitis A are available at the NJ Department of Health: https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/documents/faq/hepatitis_a_faq.pdf
Hepatitis A vaccine may be obtained from your health care provider. The Somerset County Department of Health recognizes that some residents may have difficulty obtaining the hepatitis A vaccination from their health care provider. For convenience, the department will host a special walk-in clinic to provide free hepatitis A vaccinations at the county Human Services Building, 27 Warren Street, Somerville, from noon to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6, and Thursday, Nov. 7. Free parking is available in the parking deck next to the building. No appointment is necessary.
For additional questions, please call the Somerset County Health Department at 908-203-6014. Leave a message and someone will return your call.