Back-to-School: Lesson #1 Hand Washing

Is hand washing a habit in your family’s home?

In time for Food Safety Education Month (September) and back-to-school, the USDA has issued back-to-school food safety tips focused on…hand washing.

Why is Lesson #1 Hand Washing? According to Dr. Mindy Brashears, USDA under secretary for food safety, USDA research has found that consumers fail to properly wash their hands 97% of the time.  “Washing hands is one of the most effective ways to prevent illness, including foodborne illness,” according to Dr. Brashears.