Food Safety Mistake – Not washing hands

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One of the most common mistake done by food handlers are forgot to wash their hands properly before starting to prepare food .A U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) study published in 2009 found that 72 percent of full-service restaurants appeared not to comply with U.S. Food Code requirements for proper, adequate handwashing.

Did you know ?

  • It is estimated that washing hands with soap and water could reduce diarrheal disease-associated deaths by up to 50% 1.
  • Researchers in London estimate that if everyone routinely washed their hands, a million deaths a year could be prevented 2.
  • A large percentage of foodborne disease outbreaks are spread by contaminated hands. Appropriate hand washing practices can reduce the risk of foodborne illness and other infections 3.
  • Handwashing can reduce the risk of respiratory infections by 16% 4.

When to wash hands ?

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After handling pet food or pet treats
  • After touching garbage
  • The use of an alcohol gel hand sanitizer in the classroom provided an overall reduction in absenteeism due to infection by 19.8% among 16 elementary schools and 6,000 students

How to wash hands ?

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  4. Rinse hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

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