Solano County

Solano promotes hand washing

By From page A5 | August 27, 2014

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.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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  • Rita GoldenAugust 27, 2014 - 12:33 am

    It's pretty bad when a county has to "promote" hand washing. Isn't that something one learns at an early age at home? If not, then shame shame shame.

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  • Time For TruthAugust 27, 2014 - 7:16 am

    "Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to declare... Sept. 21 through 27 as Clean Hands Week." That's meant to show the voters how clean our County Supervisors appear to keep their hands. Regardless of how dirty they are, they always seem to come out with clean hands.

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