FAIRFIELD — Solano County is calling on people to wash their hands to help avoid spreading germs.
The county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to declare September as Food Safety Education Month. It declared Sept. 21 through 27 as Clean Hands Week.
“Hand washing is important for food safety, disease prevention and personal health,” said Joyce Benefield, senior environmental health specialist, in a press release. “Reducing food-borne illness by just 1 percent would prevent more than 500,000 Americans from getting sick each year.”
During September, Environmental Health staff will inspect hundreds of food facilities to see if they comply with food safety requirements related to hand washing. Businesses will receive certificates of recognition for demonstrating safe hand-washing techniques and practices.
“Solano County has a proactive environmental health program that supports local food facilities concerned about providing good, safe food to their customers,” Benefield said in the press release. “This campaign reinforces the importance of keeping up the good hand-washing habits.”
People should wash their hands using soap and water, scrub for at least 20 seconds, rinse and dry. They should use hand sanitizer if soap and water is unavailable, the press release said.
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