After watching people prepare turkey burgers and salads in a variety of different kitchens, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) researchers concluded that hand cleansing etiquette in America is pathetic.
A government report released on June 28 found study participants in kitchens where they were actively being watched failed to properly wash their hands 97 percent of the time.
This is especially poor cleaning behavior for the kitchen, where microbes can easily cross-contaminate food with the help of our hands.
"You can’t see, smell or feel bacteria. By simply washing your hands properly, you can protect your family and prevent that bacteria from contaminating your food and key areas in your kitchen," Carmen Rottenberg, Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety at USDA, said in a statement. Read more...More about Science, Health, Food Preparation, Bacteria, and Usda