PRESS RELEASE: NOW WASH YOUR HANDS
focus for National Food Safety Week 2005 is the importance
of hand washing.
Hackney Council’s environmental health
team will be organising an information stall on Ridley Road
Market, 17 June from 10am. Come along to find out about
food safety and pick up some freebies.
Did you know that the simplest, most effective
food safety technique is washing our hands? Keeping our
hands clean is a crucial line of defence against harmful
bacteria and getting in the habit of washing them regularly
will pay off for a lifetime.
When we take food
home for preparation, we bring it into an environment
already contaminated with countless germs of everyday
life. We touch dozens of materials and surfaces around
the house, all of which will contain bacteria of one
kind or another. Most of these bacteria are harmless
- but some of them, if they come into contact with
our food, can lead to a nasty case of food poisoning
or even serious illness.
(clockwise): Mr. Andrew Foster Head of
Environmental Health, Councillor Jessica Crowe,
London Borough of Hackney Deputy Mayor, Dr.
Yunes Teinaz ICC Health & Management Advisor
to the Director
Councillor Jessica Crowe, Deputy
Mayor and Cabinet Member for Environment, said:
“Hackney Council’s environmental
health team does a lot of work to ensure that businesses
operate in a way that doesn’t harm their customers.
They regularly check that retailers and restaurants handle
food in the correct way. This year’s campaign shows
that food safety is also important at home. Something as
simple as proper hand washing can have a huge impact on
your health and the safety of your family.”
When should I wash my hands?
• before touching and eating food
• after handling raw foods such as
meat, poultry, fish, eggs, fruit and veg and before touching
any other food or kitchen utensils
• after touching or emptying rubbish
• after going to the toilet or changing
• after playing with pets; and
• after coughing, sneezing or blowing
How should I clean them?
• use soap and hot water
• rub your hands together vigorously
– remember both sides and the wrists
• around the thumbs, between every
finger, the fingertips and around and under the nails
• rinse with clean water; and
• dry hands thoroughly with a clean
dry towel, paper towel or under a hot air dryer
Did you know?
• Up to half of all men and a quarter
of women fail to wash their hands after they’ve been
to the toilet.
• Right handed people tend to wash
their left hand more thoroughly than their right hand, and
• We have between 2 and 10 million
bacteria between fingertip and elbow.
• Damp hands spread 1,000 times more
germs than dry hands.
• The number of germs on your fingertips
doubles after you use the toilet.
• Germs can stay alive on hands for
up to three hours.
• Millions of germs hide under watches
and bracelets and there could be as many germs under your
ring as there are people in Europe.
To contact Hackney’s environmental
health team call 020 8356 4911
National Food Safety Week - 13-19 June
2005. The annual National Food Safety Week aims to highlight
the importance of food safety and the basic principles of
food hygiene. For further details, visit www.foodlink.org.uk
Photo opportunity: Jessica Crowe will
be at Hackney Council’s food safety stall on Ridley
Road Market on 17 June 11.30-12pm. Please let Mary Anna
know if you wish to attend.