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Posted by: thepinetree on 07/01/2018 11:31 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 07/01/2018 11:31 AM
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Poor Handwashing Spreading Dangerous Bacteria Around the Kitchen

Washington, DC...A new study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows that when it comes to handwashing before meals, consumers are failing to properly clean their hands 97 percent of the time. Rushed handwashing can lead to cross-contamination of food and other surfaces, resulting in foodborne illness. “As a mother of three young children, I am very familiar with the mad dash families go through to put dinner on the table,” said Carmen Rottenberg, Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety at USDA. “You can’t see, smell or feel bacteria. By simply washing your hands properly, you can protect your family and prevent that bacteria from contaminating your food and key areas in your kitchen.”




The preliminary results of the observational study, conducted by USDA in collaboration with RTI International and North Carolina State University, showed some concerning results.

Handwashing: the study revealed that consumers are not washing their hands correctly 97 percent of the time.
Most consumers failed to wash their hands for the necessary 20 seconds, and
Numerous participants did not dry their hands with a clean towel.

Thermometer use: results reveal that only 34 percent of participants used a food thermometer to check that their burgers were cooked properly.
Of those who did use the food thermometer, nearly half still did not cook the burgers to the safe minimum internal temperature.

Cross contamination: the study showed participants spreading bacteria from raw poultry onto other surfaces and food items in the test kitchen.
48 percent of the time are contaminating spice containers used while preparing burgers,
11 percent of the time are spreading bacteria to refrigerator handles, and
5 percent of the time are tainting salads due to cross-contamination.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 48 million Americans are sickened with foodborne illnesses each year, resulting in roughly 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths. Children, older adults and those with compromised immune systems are especially at risk.

With grilling season upon us, USDA is reminding consumers to use a food thermometer and cook meat and poultry products to the recommended safe internal temperatures. When cooking meat and poultry patties, insert the thermometer through the side of the patty until the probe reaches the center of the patty. Meat and poultry products are done when they reach these minimum internal temperatures:

Beef, pork, lamb and veal (steaks, roasts and chops): 145°F.
Ground meats (burgers): 160°F.
Poultry (whole or ground): 165°F.
Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after handling raw meat, poultry or eggs. Make sure you are washing for a full 20 seconds, and always dry your hands on a clean towel.

More information about this study is available in an executive summary.

Have questions? Need more food safety information? Call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MP-HOTLINE (1-888-674-6854). Live food safety experts are available Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time. Expert advice is also available 24/7 at AskKaren.gov.

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Re: Making America GREAT Again!
Posted on: 2018-07-01 12:58:33   By: Anonymous
 
This hand washing poll comes from Wash.DC.
I think America already knows about all the dirty, money grubbing hands in DC.
Good thing President Trump is draining the swamp.

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    Re: Making America GREAT Again!
    Posted on: 2018-07-01 15:38:18   By: Anonymous
     
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! LYING, CHEATING, CROOKED HILLARY!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!


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A Great reminder to Wash your hands
Posted on: 2018-07-01 16:04:32   By: Anonymous
 
So basic and important.
20 seconds of washing with soap and water and use a clean towel to dry your hands.
So basic yet so effective in preventing the spread of disease.
Some people recite the ABC song to themselves to time the 20 seconds.
Great information on basic hygiene.
Thank you.

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    Re: A Great reminder to Wash your hands
    Posted on: 2018-07-01 18:54:07   By: Anonymous
     
    hand sanitizer

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      Re: A Great reminder to Wash your hands
      Posted on: 2018-07-01 19:20:33   By: Anonymous
       
      Also after polishing your sword !

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        Re: A Great reminder to Wash your hands
        Posted on: 2018-07-01 19:54:51   By: Anonymous
         
        Wash your hands and face each day.
        Brush your teeth till they fall away.

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          Re: A Great reminder to Wash your hands
          Posted on: 2018-07-02 02:12:32   By: Anonymous
           
          Gloop.

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            Re: A Great reminder to Wash your hands
            Posted on: 2018-07-02 07:02:06   By: Anonymous
             
            Profanity

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    Re: No, A Great reminder to Wash EVERYTHING!!!
    Posted on: 2018-07-02 04:39:33   By: Anonymous
     
    “You can’t see, smell or feel bacteria." I don't think that's entirely true....anyway, because I wouldn't eat a certain fish taco because it it did NOT smell edible, she left AND left mad, I'll never see her again, thank god. Please wash, sanitation & good hygiene should always be of utmost importance in your daily routine, most especially women

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