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Blending available resources into an effective protocol.

From a Food Code perspective there is but one handwash. We like to think of it as a minimum and one of perhaps many. Handwashing For Life designates...

Learning diminished by simplistic reporting

Foodservice at a funeral in Alabama sickens 67 attendees from 10 states with ...

Sometimes training handwashing feels futile and frustrating. For the professional ...

Light duty hand cleaning may increase frequency

The Model Food Code serves as a minimum standard, providing a foundation on which operators can build solutions tailored to their operation and their assessment of risk.

There is an...

How should innovation be treated in a regulated environment?

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Any operator with the time and patience to page through regulations will find a few references to handwashing at the farm level within the ...

Confirmed by the presiding doctor, ...

The Southwest Environmental Health Association, during their 2013 annual meeting, volunteered to help establish a reference number for restaurant outbreaks due to poor hand hygiene. The group, largely local, state and national regulators, was asked What percentage of foodborne outbreaks are attributable to poor hand hygiene? They were given these choices: 20%, 40%, 60% or 80%.

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 Integrating noro-effective hand sanitizer with handwashing routines

A ...

Defining a safe level for handwashing frequency

Norovirus outbreaks commonly raise this question: What is a safe level for handwashing frequency?

If we look to the FDA for answers, the Model Food Code wisely avoids getting over prescriptive, considering all the variables.

The...

Richard F. Ghiselli, Head of Purdue's School of Hospitality, is the lead researcher and author of a study which shows that senior diners value restaurant cleanliness above all else. In fact, it took home the top three spots:

  1. Cleanliness of kitchens
  2. Cleanliness of dining areas and tables
  3. Cleanliness of restrooms.

Although hand cleanliness was not...

On entering your hotel room, place of work or study, wash your hands on arrival. Touch high-touch surfaces with care.

On the first day of a recent hotel stay, a 4 star ...

Norovirus Woman throwing up.

Norovirus or Winter Vomiting Disease. Vomitus or Diarrhea. Fecal or...

The will to wash one's hands can be easily sidetracked by any one of these situations. Corrective actions in bold.

11. Faucet handles: Invisibly contaminated. Go touchless!

10. Paper towel dispenser: Invisibly contaminated. Go touchless!

9. Soap dispenser lever: Invisibly contaminated. Go...

Martha Stewart, like so many celebrity “demonstration” chefs, likely missed a handwash and paid a price, “spending days in bed.” We hope she is luckier than some where the ...


Twelve years of formal and informal research have provided the ...

Why poor hand washers need better paper

Single-use paper toweling is a critical component in professional handwashing, whether in restaurants, schools, the workplace or hospitals and nursing homes. The...

An expandable system encourages getting started.

Vision Enabled Training has introduced a system that can both track handwashing frequency and provide an indication of handwash quality by tracking...

First to Earn Handwashing For Life's 5 Star Hand Hygiene Award

The Atrio Restaurant's Chef Peter Fulgenzi had assessed his operation's risk if they were to experience a breakdown in their handwashing system...

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