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Wash your hands often and prepare foods properly to reduce the risk of food poisoning.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following steps for hand-washing:footnote 1
If soap and water are not available, use gel hand sanitizers or alcohol-based hand wipes containing 60% to 90% ethyl alcohol or isopropanol. Most supermarkets and drugstores carry these products. Carry one or both with you when you travel, and keep them in your car or purse.
When you use the gel sanitizer, rub your hands until the gel is dry. You don't need to use water. The alcohol in the gel kills the germs on your hands.
Wash your hands after:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends the following when handling food that has mold on it:footnote 2
Do not smell food that is covered with mold. This could cause lung problems. If food is very moldy, throw it away. Place it a trash can that children and animals cannot get into.
Some types of food should be thrown away if they have some mold, while others can be used safely.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2010, updated 2011). Keeping hands clean. Available online: http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/hygiene/hand/handwashing.html.
U. S. Department of Agriculture (2013). Molds on food: Are they dangerous? United States Department of Agriculture. https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/food-safety-education/get-answers/food-safety-fact-sheets/safe-food-handling/molds-on-food-are-they-dangerous_. Accessed February 3, 2017.
Current as ofJune 9, 2019
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Current as of:
June 9, 2019
Medical Review:E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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