Study reveals that almost 100% people don't properly wash hands

Sherry Tadeja
PUBLISHED July 4, 2018 11:51 am

(Inside Manila) Who's guilty? Everyone.

In a recent study conducted by the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the United States Department of Agriculture, it showed that 97% of the observed participants didn't properly follow the recommended handwashing steps.

The observational study gathered 383 volunteers to prepare a meal of turkey burgers and salad at designed test kitchens. All their preparations were monitored.

What's the catch? The study wasn't about hand-washing at all! After splitting the volunteers into two groups and making them watch a food safety video on measuring the safe internal temperature of cooked meat, the research team noticed that an alarming number of participants didn't do proper hand-washing practices.

According to the recommended steps by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the hand-washing step are: "wet your hands, lather up with soap, scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds, rinse the hands, and dry them either using a clean towel or by air drying,"


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About 79.5% from the two groups failed to wash their hands for 20 seconds while many didn't even wet their hand before lathering with soap and didn't properly dry their hand after.

In turn, this led to obvious results where the spice containers, refrigerator handles, and water taps were all contaminated. Worse, there are about 5% of participants that carried the virus from the meat patties to the salad lettuce.

"You can't see, smell or feel bacteria," says USDA spokesperson Carmen Rottenberg.

"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," she added.



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