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Sanitation and Illness

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Washing your hands and personal cleanliness

Donna McDuffee

When preparing or serving food, you have a very important job in providing safe food for family and friends.

In summary, use correct kitchen habits and learn to practice good personal hygiene. Dirty kitchens, bad personal hygiene or careless food handling, can carry bacteria that infect food and cause foodborne illnesses.

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Reviewed by Suzanne Driessen 2016

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