How? This survey of almost 2,200 adults revealed that only 50 percent of the respondents admitted to always washing their hands before eating their lunch and over 60 percent of them confessed to cleaning their desk area (keyboard, mouse, and desktop) once a month or less. (This would be similar to you sitting down to dinner with dirty hands and dining on a table that hasn't been washed since last month ... or longer.) With this lack of office cleanliness, it's not surprising that studies from the University of Arizona found that office desktops, on average, house more bacteria than toilet seats.
Studies have shown that proper cleaning, especially washing your hands often and before you eat, can be one of the best methods to reduce your risk of not only food poisoning but also seasonal illnesses. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, moist towelettes can be used when soap and water aren't available.
If the above resonates with you, please consider this two easy tips:
- Before eating any meal or snack at work, your hands should be washed and scrubbed with soap and rinsed under clean running water.
- You should also clean your desktop area as you would your kitchen table.
For more home (and office) food safety tips, visit www.homefoodsafety.org.
The Home Food Safety program is a food safety public awareness program created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Con Agra Foods, Inc.