Think Your Hands Are Clean? Think Again!

A US Department of Agriculture survey states that Americans are not handwashing properly 97% of the time!

July 9, 2018

This is not good news.

The US Department of Agriculture has put out a new study, which essentially reveals that none of us are very good at washing our hands, and we're all spreading unimaginable bacteria over everything.

Here's the scoop.  The reason that we're spreading dangerous bacteria is because we are inadequately washing our hands...97% of the time!  To clarify, adequate handwashing equals scrubbing with soap for a full 20 seconds, as well as completely drying on a clean towel.  Think back...have you been washing for 20 full seconds?

Don't feel bad.  Apparently, no one else is, either.

But that's a problem.  Because the Centers for Disease Control estimates that 48 million Americans are sickened with food borne illnesses each year.  A lot of that comes from cross contamination, which is what we're doing when we don't clear our hands of bacteria.  

So what can we do?

Well, the USDA has some suggestions.  With grilling season upon us, they remind us to use a food thermometer to cook meat and poultry products to the recommended safe internal temperatures.  Additionally, as a first line of defense, we should always wash our hands thoroughly with soap and water after handling raw meat, poultry or eggs.  That means washing for a full 20 seconds, and always drying our hands on a clean towel.

You can find out more information about food safety and proper sanitary procedures HERE.