“You can’t see, smell or feel bacteria,” said Carmen Rottenberg, acting deputy under secretary for food safety at the USDA. “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.”
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Most of the people in the group did not wash their hands long enough or dry them with clean towels, the authors wrote. The researchers advise people to clean their hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds.
Many of the participants also failed to keep items in their kitchen free from contamination. Several contaminated their spice containers while preparing burgers about 48 percent of the time, and they spread contamination to refrigerator handles 11 percent of the time, the team revealed.
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