» Global Handwashing Day October 15, 2017 As a foodservice professional, you know it’s vital to regularly wash your hands between different kitchen and serving activities. Sometimes, though, you might be tempted to skip the soap in favor of a quick rinse—what’s the big deal, right? Take a look at these few dirty facts to change your mind and any bad habits: • Handle cash regularly? A study from Southern Medical Journal determined that a live flu virus can live on paper money for up to 17 days. • In a household study by NSF International, researchers found that 14% of knobs on home stoves contained coliform bacteria, while 27% harbored mold and yeasts. (Don’t overlook sanitizing those knobs on school ovens!) • While nearly 100% of people interviewed in a British study reported they washed their hands after using the restroom, electronic recording devices discovered that only 64% of women and just 32% of men actually turned on the faucet. • Bacteria can live on your hands for up to three hours and multiply rapidly in that time. When in doubt, lather up! It always helps prevent the spread of disease. Take every step you can to keep yourself, your family, your coworkers and your customers healthy. Consider it a “do-it-yourself” vaccine! • GLOBAL • Handwashing day October 15
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