Hand washing

Hand washing may seem like an easy technique to teach. However, there is a proper method to ensure all bacteria are removed. Good and bad bacteria are everywhere. On hands, under fingernails, in the folds of skin, in the nose and throat, and even in the hair. Bacteria can easily be transferred to food from dirty hands, aprons, utensils, and counters.

Using proper hand washing techniques can keep harmful bacteria out of food. To properly wash hands:

Pay special attention to:

These are the areas that are most overlooked during hand washing!

Hands should be washed:

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