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Illness-causing bacteria can survive in many places around your kitchen, including your hands, utensils and cutting boards. Are you taking the proper steps to reduce your risk?

Hand Washing

soapy hands being washedDid you know that proper hand washing may eliminate a large percentage of food poisoning cases and significantly reduce the spread of the common cold and flu?

Don't miss out on these potential health benefits, scrub up today keeping these tips in mind:

When You Wash
  • Dry hands with disposable paper towels, clean cloth towels or air dry.
  • Sing two choruses of "Happy Birthday" while you lather up - cleaning your hands for 20 seconds.
  • Always wash your hands front and back up to your wrists, between fingers and under fingernails.
  • Never forget to wash your hands after switching tasks, such as handling raw meat and then cutting vegetables.
  • Hands should be washed in warm, soapy water before preparing foods and after handling raw meat, poultry and seafood.
And Don't Forget Surfaces...
  • Keep kitchen surfaces such as appliances, countertops, cutting boards and utensils clean with hot, soapy water.
  • A smelly dishcloth, towel or sponge is a sure sign that unsafe bacterial growth is lurking nearby. Bacteria live and grow in damp conditions.
  • Wash dishcloths and towels often in the hot cycle of your washing machine.
  • Disinfect sponges in a chlorine bleach solution.
  • Replace worn sponges frequently. 
Before You... After You...
  • Handle or prepare food

  • Eat meals

  • Feed children

  • Prepare food

  • Touch raw food, especially meats

  • Switch food preparation tasks

  • Touch eggs and egg-rich foods

  • Use the restroom

  • Change a diaper

  • Cough or sneeze

  • Handle garbage, dirty dishes

  • Smoke a cigarette

  • Pet animals

  • Use the phone

  • Touch face, hair, body, other people

  • Touch a cut or sore

  • Clean or touch dirty laundry