- Wash your hands folks, not the turkey

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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