You’re right! HomeEc is really needed in the schools today. There are so many ways that germs and bacteria can be transmitted. A friend of mine contact E coli and almost died from it. The restaurant was clean - the food was fine - it was the one who prepared it who did not wash their hands after using the restroom!
Gloves??? How many times do you see restaurant help wearing gloves and taking change, scratching their heads (or other body parts), collecting dirty dishes or garbage, etc. - CROSS CONTAMINATION! I feel they wear the gloves to protect themselves not the consumer!! And the gloves make them feel they don’t need to wash their hands - that they are already CLEAN! The gloves make their hands sweat and they touch food - - - I will stop there.
And the sad part is - with all these rules - many feel they are exempt and that their are clean enough so it doesn’t matter.
I went through a week of hell with salmonella - I had been cleaning 36 chickens for the restaurant for the rotisserie - and on the last bird I had cut myself leaving a very deep gash in my finger - and that is how I got it. I never want to go through that again! The hospital was too busy to take me right away. grrrrrrrrrrrrr
I also had a horrid bout with food poisoning (during Lent a few years ago) and the whole office was ordering subs for lunch. All I could eat was tuna. I will never eat tuna unless I have fixed it myself! Three of us were so sick - that we were out of work. The boss never forced us to work through our lunch hour and eat at our desk again after that.
The best thing to do is learn home cooking. No matter how busy a schedule you have - take the time to prepare foods. You can always can or freeze portions for a later date.
All my great grand parents, grand parents, great aunts and uncles, etc. lived longer because they had their own gardens, made everything homemade and didn’t have all these preservatives in their bodies!
Hand washing is so important. I don’t have glamourous hands. They are water logged. They scrub everything (no Playtex gloves here), take care of everything, wash eveything - just well used - but always clean.
Nothing in the kitchen is touched until the hands are first washed in my house. Wash before eating; and depending on what you ate - wash after eating! Remember the days when Lysol (bottled) was used to wash the door knobs, cabinet handles, fridge handles, etc??? Even faucets were cleaned with Lysol after they were cleaned with bleach. I think I am one of the few left that do that!
Cleanliness - disinfectants - hygiene - are so important with food preparation. Too bad they don’t stress it enough in schools to start them while they are young.