The Dirt on Missourians Hand Washing

Most consumers wash hands incorrectly, USDA study finds

You're Probably Not Washing Your Hands Right, Study Says

In 11% of the time, participants spread bacteria to the handles of the fridges.

The study found that only 3 percent of participants followed all the necessary steps to properly wash their hands, and almost 50 percent of the time, participants spread germs.

Do you use the correct technique when washing your hands and also for the right duration?

The study notes that the most common mistake made is not washing their hands long enough.

This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released a study that found 97 percent of people don't properly wash their hands when preparing food, which can lead to cross-contamination and ultimately raise the risk of contracting food poisoning.

Forty-eight million people get foodborne illnesses every year, and many of those cases could be prevented with proper hand washing.

The new FSIS report is based on a study it recently completed in partnership with RTI International, a nonprofit research institute, and North Carolina State University. For instance, most neglect to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds, then rinse them for the same amount of time. Some 128,000 are hospitalized, and around 3,000 die.

Heat warning still in effect but the end is in sight
The heat warning extends throughout the GTA and most of southern Ontario, including Hamilton, Waterloo and Barrie. The recent heat wave has plagued central Pennsylvania with highs well into the 90s.

The CDC warns that those who are at a higher risk of a foodborne illness include children, older adults, and those with a weaker immune system.

Before they started preparing the foods, 182 of the participants were shown a three-minute USDA video on the importance of using a thermometer to cook raw poultry safely. It's also important to dry hands afterward with a clean towel, the agency says.

After the researchers reviewed the tapes, they realized that those who watched the video could manage better the meat thermometer when making the turkey burgers, than the others who didn't watch it.

After wetting the hands, close the water and softly apply soap to them. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends you wet your hands before lathering it with soap.

Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. You can either sing the alphabet once, or the "Happy Birthday" song twice. If you don't have access to one, air dry your hands before using them. At the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology last month, researchers reported that kitchen towels are common conveyers of bacteria, including potentially risky ones such as staphylococcus (also known as "staph") and E. coli.

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