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Hand Hygiene, Infection Prevention and Food Safety Blog

Keeping Food Safe


Every year 5.5 million people are affected by foodborne illnesses in the UK[1]. A frightening statistic, which is made even more alarming when you think about how easily the pathogens responsible for foodborne illnesses are spread. Whether it’s from direct contact with other food, hands, equipment, surfaces or utensils, cross-contamination during food preparation is a significant factor associated with food-related illness.

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Topics: Hand hygiene, Handwashing, Improve Hand Hygiene, UK, Food Safety Practices, Fragrance Free Skin Care, Cross-contamination Prevention - Food Industry, Foodborne Illness, Food workers, Food processing, Food Employees, Food Preparation, Food Safety, Cross Contamination, skin care, hand sanitiser

Is Buffet Food Bad For You?

"It was the potato salad at the church picnic that poisoned half the people”. Every public health student has heard this example in school I’m sure. It’s the classic case of a single, ready to eat food item served to a group of people who may have eaten it, along with other food. The example goes on to explain how we calculate attack rates and discover the contaminated item that sickened the people. Sounds like the game Clue. Investigating foodborne illnesses is very much a detective game. The investigation as to who, what, when, and where all need answers to determine the source of contamination. There may be isolated cases of illness, or there may be a larger group of people that have a common link i.e. the holiday party at work. Either way, food can make us sick.

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Topics: Cross-contamination Prevention - Food Industry, Foodborne Illness, Food Preparation, Food Safety

Handwashing, Soap and Gloves: Food Safety in your Restaurant

There are about a million different kinds of hand soap available on the market. Okay, that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but I say that with a point in mind. There are a lot of hand-cleaning options available, and they still might not be the best choice in preventing the spread of germs and bacteria in your restaurant. This might come as a bit of a surprise considering how often we write about handwashing as the top way to prevent the spread of germs and reduce cross-contamination. I still stand by that, but with asterisks

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Topics: Hand hygiene, Hand Washing, Handwashing, Glove guidelines, Food Safety Practices, germs, Cross-contamination Prevention - Food Industry, Bacteria, CDC, Foodborne Illness, Gloves, Food workers, Food processing, Food Employees, Food Preparation, Food Safety, Cross Contamination

What Happens When Our Skin Fails Us?

One would think that taking care of our skin should be no big deal, that our skin will undergo a never-ending series of rebirths no matter how we treat it. In fact we replace our skin at the rate of one complete outer skin every 27 days.  This means that we will go through about 1,000 new skins in a lifetime.

 

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Topics: Dry Winter Skin, Hand hygiene, Hand hygiene compliance, Hand Hygiene Education, Hand Hygiene Training & Education, Hand sanitizer, Hand Washing, Hand Washing Behavior, Antibacterial hand wash, Gloves, Washing and drying, Food workers, Food processing, Food Employees, Food Preparation, Dermatitis, Chapped Skin, Barry Michaels, Healthcare Hand Hygiene, Occupational Skin Disease, Preventing Occupational Skin Disease, Chemical Hazards, Outdoor workers, Skin cancer, Skin damage, Ultraviolet radiation, Industrial Soap, Hot water

Food Safety Is In Our Hands

Did you know that 10 million bacteria would fit very comfortably on something as small as the head of a pin?  Given the right conditions, those 10 million bacteria would double every 20 minutes.  Unfortunately, these invisible germs are passed around our communities easily with the workplace being the main recipient. Although we are unable to see bacteria, the fact remains our hands are responsible for the spread of an estimated 80% of common infectious diseases. 

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Topics: Hand sanitizer, Hand Washing, Handwashing, Food Safety Practices, Cross-contamination Prevention - Food Industry, Foodborne Illness, Food Preparation, Food Safety, Cross Contamination

The Food Service Industry Can Help Prevent Norovirus Outbreaks

Most norovirus outbreaks from contaminated  food occur in food service settings, according to a Vital Signs report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Infected food  workers are frequently the source of these outbreaks, often by touching  ready-to-eat foods served in restaurants with their bare hands. The food  service industry can help prevent norovirus outbreaks by enforcing food safety  practices, such as making sure workers always practice good hand hygiene on the  job and stay home when they are sick.  

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Topics: Hand hygiene, Hand hygiene compliance, Hand Hygiene Education, Hand Hygiene Training & Education, Hand Washing, Handwashing, Improve Hand Hygiene, Antibacterial soap, Hand Washing Efficacy, Hygiene practices, Food Safety Practices, Bacterial transmission, germs, Viruses, Gastrointestinal Infections, Cross-contamination Prevention - Food Industry, Bacteria, CDC, Norovirus, Foodborne Illness, Hand Washing Behavior, Hand washing compliance, Antibacterial hand wash, Food workers, Food processing, Food Employees, Food Preparation, Food Safety, Cross Contamination

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