97 Percent of Us Don't Wash Our Hands Properly Before Eating


People fail to wash their hands correctly before eating a whopping 97 percent of the time, raising the risk for cross-contamination of foods and kitchen surfaces and spreading foodborne illness, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The agency’s observational study was conducted in collaboration with RTI International, a nonprofit organization, and North Carolina State University in Raleigh. It showed that most people do not wash their hands for the full 20 seconds necessary to remove bacteria, and that many do not dry their hands with a clean towel after washing.

Of the 1,054 cases observed for this study, about one-third of participants attempted to wash their hands properly before eating or preparing food. In addition to not washing long enough and not using a disposable towel to dry their hands, other things people neglected to do included not wetting both hands entirely and not washing with soap.

Sourced from: U.S. Department of Agriculture