Published: October 17, 2009

Yolanda Ray works in the kind of place where people “really love to eat and snack.” Colleagues are quick to tempt one another, she says, with homemade dishes and sugary treats laid bare for the taking on desktops.

Before the age of swine flu, the arrangement was fine. But now, employees at Rudd Equipment in Louisville, Ky., have new company-wide directives: No sharing of unwrapped candy. Cakes and pies must be cut and wrapped at home. Food needs to be served with utensils.

“Someone brought in crackers and a cheese dip,” said Ms. Ray, the director of personnel management, who confesses to seeing potential disaster in chocolaty brownies and bowls of candy corn. “I put a hand sanitizer right there on the table.”

She added, “Sometimes I feel like the swine flu police.”

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