A recent US Department of Agriculture ( USDA) study found that consumers do not wash their hands properly in 97 percent of the time.
The most common mistakes of participants in the study was not washed long enough hands (20 seconds recommended), do not use soap, and hands do not dry afterwards with a clean towel.
For the study, the USDA team had 383 participants treated with turkey loaded with a harmless virus that is often used in laboratory tests as a replacement for norovirus. Only 3 percent of participants followed all necessary steps to properly wash their hands.
When the researchers tested the surfaces in the test kitchens, they found the virus everywhere. Salad salad was contaminated in five percent of cases; In 48 percent of the cases, participants contaminated spice containers used in burgers.
Spreading Dangerous Bacteria
"The basic safety practice you can apply to your kitchen is hand washing," said Carmen Rottenberg, a top food safety officer for the USDA.
"There were many, many times throughout the study that people had the opportunity to wash their hands ̵
Inadequate hand washing, especially after handling raw meat , can lead to the spread of germs that can cause foodborne diseases. Around 48 million Americans suffer from food poisoning each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
"You can not see, smell or feel bacteria," said Rottenberg. "By washing your hands properly, you can protect your family and prevent bacteria from contaminating your food and key areas in your kitchen."
The USDA recommends washing hands at least 20 times thoroughly with soap and water, especially after handling raw meat, poultry or eggs. It is also important to dry your hands afterwards with a clean towel, the agency says.