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Grandma is Always Right


Perhaps your grandma did not suffer from mysophobia (a fear of germs). Your grandmother might have been onto something when she insisted you take off your shoes at the front door. According to a University of Arizona scientist, approximately 93 percent of shoes have traces of fecal bacteria on the bottom. If transmitted to your home, this fecal matter, which can be picked up anywhere on the street, sidewalk, retail or office floor, can lead to serious illness, such as diarrhea, stomach cramping, and flu like symptoms.

A major source for the transmission of germs occurs in the kitchen. Food safety and sanitation can be helped by good kitchen hygiene, kitchen safety and sanitation, and by following a few kitchen safety tips. Keeping surfaces clean should be the first item on a kitchen sanitation checklist. This can be done quickly and easily. The Federal Drug Administration recommends commercial sanitizers, but even a homemade recipe can do the trip. Mix 1 teaspoon of chlorine bleach into 1 quart of water to help keep your kitchen surfaces germ and disease free.

Another food safety and sanitation in the kitchen tip comes down to food handling safety. Food safety and sanitation can be ensured by cleaning surfaces exposed to bacteria. In fact, the origin of the bacteria botulism, which is one of the largest contributors to food illness if food safety and sanitation measures are not adhered to, came from the Latin word for sausage because it is found in improperly handled meat products. Utilizing food safety and sanitation procedures can be one of the most important factors toward ensuring yours and your familys health.