NUTRITION CORNER: Keep kitchen clean for food safety

Keeping kitchens clean is important for food safety to avoid food and water-borne diseases. Regular cleaning with hot water and a detergent will clear away most of the debris. To make sure germs on food contact surfaces are killed you will also need to use a disinfectant.

Hand washing is also really important. The most important time to wash your hands is immediately before handling any food which is ready to eat.

Did you know that…

. Up to half of all men and a quarter of women fail to wash their hands after they’ve been to the toilet?

·Right handed people tend to wash their left hand more thoroughly than their right hand, and vice versa?

. We have between 2 and 10 million bacteria between fingertip and elbow?

· Damp hands spread 1,000 times more germs than dry hands?

. The number of germs on your fingertips doubles after you use the toilet?

. Germs can stay alive on hands for up to three hours?

· Millions of germs hide under watches and bracelets and there could be as many germs under your ring as there are people in Europe?#