You're Likely Not Washing Your Hands Properly After Handling Food
A U.S. Department of Agriculture study reveals the majority of people aren’t washing their hands properly after handling food. The main focus of the study was actually to observe how people use food thermometers when cooking raw meat, but it revealed some disturbing facts about our hand washing habits.
383 participants watched a three minute video on how to check the internal temperature of meat using a food thermometer. Then, they prepared turkey burgers and a chef’s salad.
An average of nearly 80% of participants did not rub their hands with soap for at least 20 seconds, as recommended by the CDC. A good amount of them also failed to wet their hands with water. And nearly half contaminated spice containers. To make matters worse, 5% contaminated the lettuce in the salad.
So make sure you wet, lather, and scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds before you rinse and dry your hands.