"Many" study participants did not even dry their hands with a clean towel.
The study involved 383 people in six test kitchens at Raleigh-Durham Metro in North Carolina and rural Smithfield, North Carolina, the USDA said
Poor hand washing practices led to cross-contamination, the study found. About half of the time, participants spread bacteria in spice containers while making burgers, and 1
"You can not see, smell, or feel bacteria," said Carmen Rottenberg, deputy Secretary of State for Food Safety at the USDA. "By simply washing your hands, you can protect your family and prevent bacteria from contaminating your food and key areas in your kitchen."
Step 2: After wetting the hands with water, close the faucet and apply soap
Step 3: Hands by rubbing lather them together with the soap. Make sure to lather the back of your hands, between your fingers and under your fingernails.
Step 4: Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. (Sing the Alphabet Song or "Happy Birthday" twice.)
Step 5: Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
Step 6: Dry hands with a clean cloth or dry them in the air
Proper hand washing is one of the easiest ways avoiding food-borne diseases that the CDC estimates will kill 48 million Americans annually. This leads to about 128,000 hospital admissions and 3,000 deaths.