Personal Hygiene

Personal hygiene and sanitation are essential for preventing foodborne illness in the home.
This awareness should constantly be reinforced, especially among children.

Here are some tips:

• Establish family awareness of proper hand washing techniques (wash hands for 20 seconds using warm water and soap, rinse and dry with a clean cloth or paper towel). Pay special attention to cleaning around the fingernails—especially after working in the garden.

• Be aware of the potential for garden gloves and shoes to transfer contamination from one place (i.e., a compost bin) to another.

• Be aware of children’s habits in the garden, especially toddlers in diapers.

• Wash hands after handling potentially contaminated material or playing with or
petting domestic animals before handling or eating produce.

Courtesy of UC Davis