Category handwashing

Smartphones, tablets, other PEDs bringing bacteria into the kitchen

Smartphones, tablets and other personal electronic devices, known as PEDs, in the past decade have increasingly been found in the kitchen. The only trouble is cell phones are well known for harboring bacteria, including “opportunistic human pathogens.” That raises a question because research on pathogen contamination on smartphones in “nonclinical’ settings, including those involving food... Continue Reading Read More

Author: Doug Powell --- Source: barfblog Maybe, don’t know: Do hand sanitizers cut down on illness?

My first reaction to any food safety claim, policy or recommendation is, are fewer people going to barf? I usually don’t get an answer. Because it’s really hard to associate policy with rates of barfing. A couple of weeks ago, … Continue reading Read More

Author: Doug Powell --- Source: barfblog Do they work? Do they really work? FDA says prove those hand sanitizers work

Maggie Fox of NBC News writes that hand sanitizers are everywhere – at supermarket entrances, in public rest rooms, in schools and cafeterias. People believe they work and give them to their kids. Now U.S. the Food and Drug Administration … Continue reading Read More

Author: Ben Chapman --- Source: barfblog Music festivals are great; for pathogens too

I was at a kids birthday party recently when a parent familiar with my Canadian heritage mentioned to me that the Tragically Hip’s 2016 tour would be a string of depressing events. Maybe, I dunno. Gord Downie, the Hip’s lead … Continue reading Read More

Author: Doug Powell --- Source: barfblog FDA to Horizon Air: No handwashing, no ice

The FDA has a warning for Horizon Air: If there’s no hand-washing, don’t serve ice. According to The Seattle Times, the FDA sent a letter to Horizon Air, operating by Alaska Airlines, reprimanding employees for serving ice with drinks on … Continue reading Read More

Author: Doug Powell --- Source: barfblog Handwashing compliance: Going beyond ‘monitor and forget’

New research from Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis shows that motivating compliance with standard processes via electronic monitoring can be a highly effective approach, despite concerns about employee backlash. However, the research also highlights that managers … Continue reading Read More

Author: Doug Powell --- Source: barfblog Medium and message: Need to frequently change handwashing signs to be effective

I’m a food safety voyeur. Supermarkets, farmers markets, restaurants – fancy or not – kitchens, farms, I’ve been professionally watching people for 20 years. Chapman likes to recount how he was invited to the GFSI Consumer Goods Forum as a … Continue reading Read More

Author: Doug Powell --- Source: barfblog Nebraska health board recommends no bare hands for restaurants

The No. 1 cause of what people often call food poisoning is not spoiled food. It is a flu-like illness called norovirus that comes with diarrhea and vomiting. And the No. 1 cause of norovirus is people who have the virus … Continue reading Read More

Author: Ben Chapman --- Source: barfblog What are gloves protecting? The food or the handler?

This one time, in graduate school, a harvester told me that he loved wearing gloves when he picked tomatoes because it kept his hands from getting dirty. Another time, in graduate school, a greenhouse manager told me he had convinced … Continue reading Read More

Author: Doug Powell --- Source: barfblog Australian bakery owner slams ‘ridiculous’ food safety fine for paper towel slip

Someone who’s not a fan of restaurant inspections is Matthew Carr, the owner of the Corner Bakehouse and Café in Budgewoi, who was fined $880 for not having enough paper towels­. Carr has slammed the penalty as “ridiculous” after his … Continue reading Read More