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Wash your hands often and prepare foods properly to reduce
the risk of
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
recommends the following steps for hand-washing:footnote 1
If soap and water are not available, use
gel hand sanitizers or alcohol-based hand wipes
containing 60% to 90% ethyl alcohol or isopropanol. Most supermarkets and
drugstores carry these products. Carry one or both with you when you travel,
and keep them in your car or purse.
When you use the gel sanitizer,
rub your hands until the gel is dry. You don't need to use water. The alcohol
in the gel kills the germs on your hands.
Wash your hands
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends the following when handling food that has mold on it:footnote 2
Do not smell food that is covered with mold. This could cause lung problems. If food is very moldy, throw it away. Place it a trash can that children and animals cannot get into.
Some types of food should be thrown away if they have some mold, while others can be used safely.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2010, updated 2011). Keeping hands clean. Available online: http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/hygiene/hand/handwashing.html.
United States Department of Agriculture (2013). Molds on food: Are they dangerous? United States Department of Agriculture. https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/food-safety-education/get-answers/food-safety-fact-sheets/safe-food-handling/molds-on-food-are-they-dangerous_. Accessed February 3, 2017.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Current as ofApril 6, 2017
Current as of:
April 6, 2017
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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