Food Safety Update: The Importance of Handwashing
Handwashing is the single, easiest way to prevent the transmission of germs and maintain the health of customers and employees. It is inexpensive and effective, not only in reducing the spread of foodborne illnesses like Salmonella and E. coli, but also respiratory illnesses such as colds and influenza. The good news is that studies show handwashing minimizes the number of people who get sick by diarrhea by 31%, reduces diarrheal illness in those with weakened immune systems by 58%, and cuts respiratory illness such as colds in the general population by 21%. The bad news is that only 65% of women and 31% of men actually wash their hands after using a public restroom.
In an industry like produce, where the spread of bacteria can result in life or death scenarios, handwashing becomes a critical tool in maintaining food safety. Markon cannot stress the importance of this practice enough, so we created a set of instructional videos (in English, Spanish, and French) for your distribution.
Hand Washing Videos: