Do you regularly eat lunch in your office kitchen? Office kitchens are often filled with opportunities to spread food-borne illnesses. Protect yourself and others by adopting these simple steps to make your office kitchen food safe:
- Be a role model. Wash your hands with soap and warm water twenty seconds and dry with a paper towel. Encourage others to do the same.
- Keep surfaces clean and sanitary.
- Be a leader and develop plans for daily kitchen clean-up and for periodic tasks like cleaning the refrigerator and the microwave oven.
- Wash fruits and vegetables. In studies cited by Georgia Pacific, laboratory tests show that rinsing an apple with water may reduce 75% of contamination. Rinsing and drying with a paper towel remove 99% of disease-causing microbes.