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This webpage gives guidance on infection control at petting zoo's and farm attractions, which can be used in any visitor/animal contact situation - including Christmas petting of Reindeer etc...
All animals naturally carry a range of micro-organisms, of which some can be transmitted
to humans. This may cause ill health, which, in some cases, may be severe or life
People can become infected by micro-organisms such E. coli O157 or Cryptosporidium parvum through consuming contaminated food or drink, through direct contact with contaminated animals, or by contact with an environment contaminated with animal faeces.
Very low numbers of micro-organisms can cause human infection and so it is important that those responsible for the premises control the risks to visitors.
Controlling the risks from E. coli O157 and Cryptosporidium parvum will also control the
risks from most other organisms, which are transmissible to humans by the hand to
"Preventing or controlling ill health from animal contact at visitor attractions" is the new industry code of practice, and contains all of the information your business requires. Please download and read the code of practice from our downloads section. If you have any further queries please contact using the information in the contacts section.
The Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens have produced a large number of free resources, some of which are available in our downloads section.
We would like to remind everyone who runs or attends open farms that hand gel is not an appropriate substitute for handwashing, for more information see the Health Protection Agency press release.
If you require help with something in this section, please contact us.