Tip of the Week

Is wearing disposable gloves in the kitchen more hygienic?

The answer depends on how you use them…

Disposable gloves are great to protect your hands when preparing high colour vegetables such as beetroot, or butternut squash.  But they are essential when handling and preparing raw chicken, raw meat or making burgers (add in a plastic disposable apron too!).

However, the same rules apply whether you use gloves or not – hands must be washed after each task or gloves must be changed.

Alert

80% of communicable diseases are transferred by touch alone, which means that they can be easily prevented by changing gloves and washing hands.  Touching food, fridge handles, worksurfaces etc., with contaminated hands spreads foodborne illnesses such as Salmonella, E. Coli and diarrheal infection.

Weekly Food Fact

Did you know that 1 in 5 people do not wash their hands.  Of those that do, only 30% use soap!  Hands need to be washed for 15 seconds or more with soap to effectively kill germs.  Bacterial such as E. coli can be found on over a quarter of our hands!

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