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Best Sanitizers, Inc. Celebrates its Annual Hand Hygiene Awareness Campaign by Offering Training, Support and Education to the Food Processing Industry

This February, Best Sanitizers, Inc. celebrates its Annual Hand Hygiene Awareness Campaign by offering hand hygiene training and guidance to the food manufacturing industry.

Best Sanitizers, Inc. is celebrating its Annual Hand Hygiene Awareness Campaign this February. The CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) estimates that each year roughly 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne illnesses. Handwashing can make a difference in cross-contamination from food production workers. Contaminated hands can transfer pathogens to surfaces, utensils, ingredients, and finished food products.

To increase Hand Hygiene Awareness, Best Sanitizers is offering food manufacturers free hand hygiene training, guidance, and support through onsite training or web-based presentations. Due to the variety of Covid-19 policies across the country, trainings for qualifying food processors can be in-person for the contiguous United States or virtual in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Food plants needing guidance and support can learn more and schedule their training by calling Best Sanitizers at 888.225.3267.

Since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, Best Sanitizers has been working around the clock to provide our nation’s food manufacturers with the products, service, and training they need to keep our food supply safe. According to the CDC, practicing proper hand hygiene is an important and effective way to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, making hand hygiene trainings more crucial than ever. Best Sanitizers encourages food processors and food handlers to look at their own hand hygiene programs for any areas that can be improved. The new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) ruling includes “continuous improvement” as an element that food processors must incorporate into their food safety plans and adding sanitizing soap and hand sanitizer is a good way to meet this requirement.

“Our goal is to promote and advance food safety throughout the industry,” states April Zeman-Lowe, Best Sanitizers’ Sales Director – Food and Beverage Division. “We want to provide food industry professionals with the tools and education they need to reduce cross-contamination from hands.”

Food manufacturers require production employees to wash their hands repeatedly throughout the day: before starting a shift, after using the restroom, after lunch, after breaks, and after touching anything that might carry pathogens. Best Sanitizers follows these CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidelines for proper hand washing technique: Thoroughly wet hands with clean, running water, apply an adequate amount of soap, rub palms and back of hands, rub thumbs and interlace fingers, rub fingertips into palm of opposite hand, rub wrists, rinse well with running water, dry hands thoroughly with a disposable paper towel.

Best Sanitizers recommends using a quality hand soap like Alpet® Q E2 Sanitizing Foam Soap or Alpet® E1 Fragrance-Free Soap to reduce pathogens. Alpet Q E2 Sanitizing Foam Soap is pH balanced and formulated with emollients to help keep employees’ hands soft and healthy, even with repeated use. Alpet E1 is a fragrance-free, foaming hand soap that meets Safer Choice Standards, meaning the product’s formula contains ingredients with more positive human health and environmental characteristics than conventional products of the same type.

The goal of hand hygiene is to reduce the number of pathogens on the hands to the smallest number possible. Hand sanitizing after washing will further reduce the colony forming units (CFUs) on the hands, making it more difficult for germs to transfer onto surfaces, utensils, ingredients, and finished food products from contaminated hands. For maximum pathogen reduction, Best Sanitizers recommends using an effective hand sanitizer, such as Alpet® E3 Plus Hand Sanitizer Spray. This additional layer of pathogen reduction can greatly reduce the risk of cross-contamination. Its 71% Ethanol formula is 99.9999% effective in killing 26 tested pathogens in 15 seconds, which is one of the highest LOG reductions in the industry. Alpet E3 Plus is formulated with emollients to keep hands soft and healthy, even with repeated use. As a spray, it goes on light and leaves hands feeling silky, not heavy and sticky.

Best Sanitizers, Inc. offers on-site hand hygiene trainings, demonstrations, and educational webinars for food and beverage processors, nutraceutical, pharmaceutical, cannabis facilities, cosmetics and food packaging plants. With a full line of quality Alpet® hand soaps and hand sanitizers, Best Sanitizers can help food manufacturers choose the right products and maximize hand hygiene efforts with training and support designed specifically to meet their plant’s needs. Schedule an on-site training by calling 888-225-3267.