Proper handwashing is the most effective way to stop the spread of bacteria and is critical in maintaining food safety and preventing illness. Eighty percent (80%) of communicable diseases are transferred by touch. Contact with fomites and then touching one's own mouth, eyes, nose or food may spread these pathogens that are not visible under the naked eye - such as Salmonella, E. coli, Staphylococcus aureus, and others. Therefore, proper handwashing is of utmost importance to food producers and processors in order to prevent illnesses caused by these microorganisms.
Proper handwashing can be achieved with adequate friction and dilution using soap and water. The recommended washing time is at least 15 seconds, while the ideal is 30 seconds. The most critical times for hand washing are before preparing food and after going to the restroom.
The most effective hygiene training tool for demonstrating proper handwashing and simulating cross-contamination. Glo GermTM comes in gel, powder, and mist kit.