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Stop Cross Contamination - Wash Your Hands!

June 06, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 213

Cross contamination is an extremely serious problem in the food handling industry and is something everybody working in this industry needs to be very careful about.

Cross contamination is caused when bacteria from one food stuff is transferred to another type of food either by poor hand hygiene or unwashed kitchen utensils which passes the bacteria to another product - if this food is not cooked it leads food poisoning.

For instance, let's say your whisking some raw eggs and a bit of raw egg splashes onto your finger, then you make a sandwich without washing your hands you have just cross contaminated a raw egg with a sandwich and since raw eggs are a poultry product you have possibly given salmonella to whoever eats that sandwich!

To help prevent cross contamination you must employ good food handling habits which is another article, we will concentrate on just one small part which is a good hand hygiene procedure.

So before I get to the hand washing technique just when do you need to wash those hands?

1) Before touching food 2) After handling any raw foods such as fish, eggs, meat, poultry, vegetables and before touching any kitchen utensil. 3) After touching a rubbish bin or after emptying the rubbish 4) After Visiting the toilet 5) After coughing or sneezing

Of course the list above is only a few of the many hundreds of reasons but you get the picture.

Frequent Hand washing

In any kitchen environment the washing of hands is of paramount importance to reducing cross contamination of bacteria, simply running hands under the tap is not sufficient enough there are proper hand washing techniqueswhich you must follow.

So just how do you wash your hands?

Many of us think we know how to wash our hands correctly but simply running our hands under warm water isn't going to cut it and you probably in fact will help cross contaminate between food stuffs.

So here are some tips:

Always use Soap and warm water - wet your hands before applying any soap (prevents irritation)

Make sure you rub the hands together vigorously for 15 seconds or more, making especially certain that both sides of the hands & wrists are thoroughly washed take special care around the thumbs, fingers around and under the finger nails.

After washing rinse under clean warm water.

Dry hands with a hand dryer or clean paper towels - your hands need to be thoroughly dry since more germs are spread from wet hands.

Washroom UK supplies the food industry with equipment to stop cross contamination between food stuffs and have an excellent range of soap dispensers, hand dryers & paper towels on a next working day delivery

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