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- Wash your hands folks, not the turkey

Over half of Americans do this one gross thing in the kitchen

Turkey with a side of salmonella, anyone?

1y ago

In your latest installment of disgusting kitchen hygiene news, it transpires that a quarter of Americans don’t wash their hands during food prep — only before and after. Experts say this can cause cross-contamination and even introduce pathogens like E.coli and salmonella to meals (you probably don’t need us to tell you, those are the really bad ones).

The unappetizing habits of some home cooks have been brought to light by a new study from the Water Quality and Health Council - and just in time for the Thanksgiving holidays.

They carried out a survey which found that a staggering 62% of people rinse raw turkey in the kitchen sink - which can splatter germs up to three feet away and contaminate surfaces.

If that weren’t enough to put you off your Thanksgiving dinner, the survey also discovered that 38% of people only use soap and water to clean kitchen surfaces. That can also lead to cross-contamination and food-borne illnesses.

What’s more, 1 in 3 Americans is concerned about getting food poisoning because of someone else’s poor kitchen hygiene, and with these stats, you can totally understand why. Just over 20% have actually gotten food poisoning from a holiday meal.

More than half of survey respondents didn’t know that the bottom shelf of the refrigerator is the best place to store the turkey. Maybe they just want those bacteria-riddled juices dripping all over the fridge *shudder*.

“Most recipes are written in a way that assumes that home cooks know how to safely handle raw products, including produce, poultry, fish, and meat – but research has proven that many aren’t savvy about food safety. That’s what led us to launch the Plate It Safe campaign for this holiday season,” said Linda F. Golodner, president emeritus of the National Consumers League and vice-chair of the Water Quality & Health Council.

Are you guilty of one of these kitchen hygiene crimes? Do you think we need better education about food safety?

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Comments (5)

  • Surely if someone has the knowledge to cook a turkey, they know about Salmonella contamination. Surely it's just complacency.

    In which case, what's needed is not education, but the Thanksgiving company to become violently ill, and resolve to be more diligent next time.

      1 year ago
  • Where am I supposed to rinse my turkey?

      1 year ago
  • As an American I hate when people don’t keep clean hands. I have to wear gloves when I cook, my mom raised me on that. And if I see someone making food without them I refuse to eat it. So yeah, it’s a huge problem lol

      1 year ago
  • yes. we will all die now that you pointed it out. thanks.

      1 year ago
  • It's an enormous problem, and sadly, I 'd say we are seeing the tip of the iceberg.

    Sharp critical writing, Ms. Wiley, keep it up.

    May I just say,

    that in my 'umble opinion, and this is just me speaking, there are two areas of science, which sadly, I suspect are not being taught very well, either in our financially bloated school systems, or in our somewhat uncalm places of tertiary education.

    One is Geography, and therefore by extension , Geology, as evidenced by the number of Scandinavian tourists on the beach during the Boxing Day Tsunami, who didn't seem to understand, that when the ocean vanishes over the horizon, it's time to run up the nearest hill.

    It was tragic, but just a tiny bit of reading may have averted tragedy.

    The invariably histrionic and incoherent and almost completely unscientific verbal and written responses to anything on the subject of climate, would also indicate a poor state of public knowledge on the subjects of atmospheric physics, atmospheric chemistry, marine geochemistry, geological history, but most importantly maths.

    The perpetually indignant do not appear to have done the 3 R's.

    The second area of science which doesn't appear to be holding the attention of readers, is food hygiene ; In this instance, the subject of microbiology, to wit, Salmonella, which ( if I'm not being too presumptuous, ) our learned colleague has written with clarity upon.

    And , tropical parasitology.

    There's no worming out of that one.

    Here's an Axiom :

    ( a statement or proposition which is regarded as being established, accepted, or self-evidently true.)

    Axiom : Salmonella can cause all sorts of internal damage to humans, including, death.

    Here's an Theorem :

    ( a general proposition not self-evident but proved by a chain of reasoning; a truth established by means of accepted truths. ) ( Theorems are often built upon Axioms )

    Theorem #1 : Salmonella, if it doesn't fatally kill the patient, may cause …. hypovolemic shock, toxic shock, and for a time the blood moving through the vascular system may not be quite A grade. Possibly, brain damage, leading to impaired cognition, and reasoning capability may result.

    Theorem #2 : The brain damage resulting from Salmonella , may or may not explain the impaired cognition and reasoning capabilities of tourists standing on the beach, during the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami .

    Here's a shop in Australia , where the literature is well worth reading :

    thetraveldoctor.com.au - Travel Clinic, Immunisations ...


    Thanks for posting, very sharp research and critical thinking.

      1 year ago