Preventing the spread of germs
It is essential to keep work surfaces and fridges clean to prevent the spread of bacteria. You should also wash and dry your hands carefully to avoid spreading germs and bacteria.
Your hands can carry germs. Germs are invisible and can easily spread to food, making you and other people ill.
Keep yourself and your kitchen clean by washing and drying your hands thoroughly:
- before preparing food
- after touching raw food, especially meat and vegetables
- after going to the toilet
Germs spread more easily on damp hands. Keep yourself and your family safe by drying washed hands thoroughly.
Find out more about how to clean hands, equipment and surfaces to prevent harmful bacteria from spreading onto food from the Food Standards Agency website.