Eating Safely

Frequently Asked Questions

4. How often should I wash my hands to avoid foodborne illness?

Whether at home or away from home, be sure to wash your hands with soap and warm water before and after handling food and after using the bathroom, changing diapers, handling pets, coughing or sneezing, tending to the sick or injured, and handling garbage Hand washing is especially important after handling raw meat, poultry, fish, seafood, and eggs.

To wash your hands, wet them, apply soap, and rub them together vigorously for at least 20 seconds. Rinse your hands under clean, running, warm water. Dry your hands completely with a clean paper towel or cloth towel.