HYGIENE, HEALTH, AND FOOD SAFETY
Human skin is never free of bacteria.
That’s because skin has all the right ingredients for
Protein or nutrients
A neutral pH
For example, the staph food poisoning bacteria can be found on the skin, nose, mouth,
ears, and in the throat of 50% to 70% of all healthy people.
The staph bacteria does not make them ill, because it is a low enough levels and it is a
normal part of the sin of these people.
It does not form a staph toxin while eon the skin.
Higher levels of staph can be found in pimples, acne, skin, wounds, and inflamed skin.
Practicing good personal hygiene habits is the first step in keeping harmful bacteria to
low enough levels so that food workers can remain healthy, and handle food safely.
At every step in the flow of food, unsanitary habits can contaminate food
Sneezing, coughing, scratching the head or skin and touching the hair or mouth easily
Refrain form these actions when handling food.
If a sneeze or cough is unavoidable, always do away form food, and use a disposable
If a tissue is not available, you can cover your mouth and nose with your upper arm
Never cover your mouth or nose with your hands
After you have coughed or sneezed, wash your hands with an approved soap and change
Proper Food Tasting Technique:
Use a clean utensil to place food into a disposable cup
Never use the utensil more than once without cleaning and sanitizing it
Place a small amount to be tasted into a cup away form the food
Bacteria can be kept to safe levels by following basic personal hygiene habits:
Bathe daily with soap and water, and arrive clean at work
Keep fingernails short, well trimmed, and clean
Avoid wearing false and acrylic nails while handling food (Some local
agencies DO allow the use of false fingernails when use-use gloves are