This year has brought challenges for everyone’s health. For Food Safety Education Month, emphasizing the importance of handwashing is key for overall health, and for food safety. When should you wash your hands? Here’s some key times to remember to wash your hands.
Before, during, and after handling food
Before eating at home or at a restaurant
Before and after caring for someone who is ill or touching an open wound
After using the restroom or changing a diaper
After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
After handling animals, animal waster or animal food
The theme for the 2016 National Food Safety Education Month (NFSEM) is “Notorious Virus!” and is sponsored by the National Restaurant Association and ServSafe®.
Activities, videos, and other educational tools are available to help educate food service personnel about Norovirus and Hepatitis A. While targeted to food service, these materials can apply to anyone to help teach safe food handling.
Norovirus is the most common cause of acute gastroenteritis. It spreads easily and is often called the stomach flu. It transmits easily as it survives on surfaces that have been contaminated or from an infected person.
Handwashing is the best defense against Norovirus. Clean and disinfect areas contaminated by vomiting or diarrhea. If sick, do not handle food.