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You're Probably Not Washing Your Hands Correctly, USDA Study Reports

The study involving more than 300 people showed that only 3 percent of us are washing our hand correctly.

June 29, 2018 - 12:55 pm
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If you're headed to a Fourth of July BBQ or hosting one of your own it's probably a good time to remind you about keeping up with your personal hygiene before cooking. The U.S. Department of Agriculture believes you're probably not washing your hands correctly.

An observational study performed in North Carolina, involving 383 participants using a text kitchen who prepared turkey burgers and a salad, yielded some alarming results. It found that 97 percent of people weren't following the necessary steps to wash their hands. 

The most common mistake was not washing them long enough. The process should happen with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Numerous participants did not even use a clean towel to dry their hands.

Other health infractions included not cooking the burgers fully, contaminating spice containers, tainting salads due to cross-contamination and spreading bacteria onto the refrigerator handles.

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.

Don't let germs ruin your holiday this year!