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Wash Up! July 9, 2018

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Health & Wellness, Home & Garden.

According to this study, many cooks are not washing their hands right . . . increasing the spread of bad bacteria from uncooked poultry to spice jars, refrigerator doors, and smart phones:

You’re Probably Not Washing Your Hands Right, Study Says

“You can’t see, smell or feel bacteria,” Acting USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety Carmen Rottenberg said in a statement.

“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.”

You heard the man, Daisy Duck ~> Wash Up!

Aah . . . that’s better!



1. Jill Weatherholt - July 9, 2018

This is why I rarely eat out! Yuck!

nrhatch - July 9, 2018

Same here, Jill.

Plus the food I cook at home tastes better and is better for us and costs less and is more nutritious and eating in is more convenient than dining out and it’s better for the environment and . . . 😀

Jill Weatherholt - July 9, 2018

Derek does all of the cooking and I know he washes his hands! I’ve turned him into a germaphobe like me! No kidding, restaurants use so much sodium when cooking. 🙂

nrhatch - July 9, 2018

Yes! Sometimes the food is unpleasant and unpalatable due to the sky high salinity. We stopped frequenting 2 restaurants for that reason alone. Every was so over-salted we couldn’t enjoy it.

2. Rainee - July 9, 2018

I saw a program about uncooked poultry and I am now paranoid about washing my hands, sink, dishes etc. Even then I still feel in danger of those bugs.

nrhatch - July 9, 2018

One of the things I love about being vegetarian is not having uncooked fish, meat, or poultry in the house. Cooking with fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and grains seems so much cleaner, and safer, and healthier. 😀

3. Tippy Gnu - July 9, 2018

Hmm, today you’ve posted a quote from someone named Rottenberg about bacteria, and a quote from someone named Dement about going crazy. I sense a pattern here.

nrhatch - July 9, 2018

What’s the common denominator?
Mad Cow Disease? 😀

Tippy Gnu - July 9, 2018

That would make sense. Kinda.

nrhatch - July 9, 2018

Why couldn’t his name have been Rottenbird? 😀

4. L. Marie - July 9, 2018

Oh man! I had suspected this. 😦 I wonder how many kitchens would pass a health inspection.

nrhatch - July 9, 2018

I suspect that not as many as we would like would pass. 😀

5. Debra - July 10, 2018

Fascinating article, Nancy. Thank you. I take the warning seriously! I am vey conscientious toward cross-contamination, but I think mostly in terms of cooking surfaces. I hadn’t thought that much about whether or not I was properly washing my hands. Ugh!

nrhatch - July 10, 2018

Washing hands well . . . especially when dealing with uncooked meats . . . is time well spent.

6. Behind the Story - July 10, 2018

Twenty seconds and a good rinse. And dedicated cutting boards and knives. Thanks for the reminder.

nrhatch - July 10, 2018

Happy Cooking, Nicki!

7. William D'Andrea - July 12, 2018

I do all my cooking in a microwave oven. After a full three minute blast, I strongly doubt that any germs would still be alive. I do however wonder about the pop tarts and other uncooked desserts.

nrhatch - July 12, 2018

Buying prepared food virtually eliminates the risk of cross-contamination from handling raw poultry and ingesting salmonella from contaminated greens (i.e., spinach and romaine).

That said, a diet consisting solely of prepared foods, pop tarts, and desserts may pose other health risks. 😀

William D'Andrea - July 12, 2018

Yesterday I microwave cooked a lunch consisting of two chicken strips, a serving spoon size helping of diced sweet potatoes, and the same sized amount of spinach. I felt very good after that meal; stronger and healthier. This morning I still feel that way.

“Strong to the finish”? Popeye was right?

nrhatch - July 12, 2018

That sounds pretty well-rounded ~ lots of anti-oxidants in the sweet potato and spinach!

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