This article, entitled "Avoid the Yuck Factor: Hand Washing Prevents Food Poisoning," comes from Carolyn O'Neil at BestFoodFacts.org.
Anyone who has dealt with the unpleasant side effects of food poisoning understands the desire to never again repeat the experience. Often misinterpreted as the stomach flu, food poisoning is actually caused by noroviruses. The viruses spread person-to-person on surfaces and through water, creating inflammation in the stomach and large intestine, resulting in vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps.
And although alcohol-based sanitizers cannot kill the norovirus, there is some great news: prevention is as simple as washing hands, equipment and preparation surfaces with plenty of soap and hot water.
Prevention Tips directly from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Registered dietitian Carolyn O’Neil, and Dr. Michael Doyle, Director of the Center for Food Safety at the University of Georgia, offer more advice on keeping you and your family safe from foodborne illnesses.