The following are some of the results from the last Handwashing survey done by Omnipoll for the Food Safety Information Council.
Less diagnosed food poisoning. 2020 saw a drop in diagnosed cases of Campylobacter and Salmonella poisoning.
✔︎ Handwashing improved after toilet use.
✖︎ Handwashing decreased before food preparation. There was a 5 per cent drop (down to 58 percent) in the number of people who said they always washed their hands before handling food.
✖︎ Need to close the gender gap. Men were less likely than women to say they always wash their hands before touching food (53 percent compared to 62 percent).
✖︎ Need to close the age gap. Only 55 percent of individuals aged between 18 and 34 said they always wash their hands before handling food, compared with 61 percent of those older than 50.
These findings highlight the need to promote handwashing before and after handling food to reduce the risk of contamination and foodborne illness.
For tips on correct handwashing technique, see the Food Safety Information Council website.