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CDC - Food workers washed their hands in only 27% of activities in which they should have.

October 26, 2019


New research of the CDC reveals that food workers washed their hands in only 27% of the activities in which they should have. 


Based on the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) recommendations when workers need to wash hands

  • Eating,

  • Drinking,

  • Using tobacco,

  • Coughing,

  • Sneezing,

  • Using tissue,

  • Preparing raw animal products,

  • Handling dirty equipment, and

  • Touching the body (such as scratching your nose).










CDC found that overall, workers engaged in about 9 activities an hour that should have involved handwashing with water and soap. Unfortunately, in most of the cases, they did not:

Link to What CDC Found

Other interesting find was that, workers were more likely to wash their hands at the right time when they were not wearing gloves than when they were. 



The research was conducted by the Environmental Health Specialists Network (EHS-Net). EHS-Net is a federally funded collaboration of federal, state, and local environmental health specialists and epidemiologists.


Original: CDC - Food Worker Handwashing and Food Preparation

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