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Hand washing is the key to safety

Hand washing is the key to safety

Your Food Safety

Did you know that on each square centimeter of your skin, there are about 1500 bacteria?Then again, with proper hand hygiene you may eliminate nearly half of these bacteria and reduce cases of foodborne illness (food poisoning) that might affect you and your family.

Maintain good hand hygiene:

    • In your home: It is important to take your time when you wash your hands. Use water and soap and make sure that you dry them well.
    • In your kitchen:
      • Always have soap available next to the sink, and make hand washing an everyday habit especially before touching anything in your kitchen.
      • For the care of your hands, try using warm water and rub your hands briskly with friction on your wrists, between your fingers and your fingertips.
      • If accidentally the faucet got dirtied with food residues, rinse it with soap and water to remove traces of dirt.

When to Wash your Hands?

BEFOREAFTER
Caring for babiesChanging diapers
Handling foods such as washing fruits and vegetablesHandling raw meat/poultry or unwashed fruits or vegetables
CookingGetting visible soil on your hands
EatingGoing to the toilet
Giving medicationsPlaying with pets
Putting contacts in eyesCoughing or sneezing
Smoking, eating or drinking
Coming back home from work or outsid


Is using Gloves a Good Practice in the Kitchen?

You can use disposable gloves when you are in direct contact with food for example when stripping off flesh from chicken or when doing some stuffing, however gloves are disposable meaning that they need to be used just once and discarded. Make sure not to wash and reuse them because they might become a source of contamination.

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