Dirty hands could be the cause of thousands of cases of food poisoning, according to a Food and Drink Federation report launched to coincide with National Food Safety Week.
The survey found that almost a third of men and many women do not wash their hands after going to the toilet vastly increasing the risk of food poisoning - a fact that reaffirms the importance of food hygiene for employees working within the pub trade.
Chairman of Westminster council's Environment and Leisure Committee, Judith Warner, added her voice to these latest concerns and asked people who cook for both professional and domestic reasons - to get into the habit of washing their hands before touching or cooking raw food and after visiting the toilet.
To show its support the council also prepared a list of basic food safety tips including:
- Don't prepare food too far in advance
- Always cook food properly
- Store food correctly to stop bacteria growing
- Avoid cross-contaminating foods after cooking
- Always wash hands thoroughly before touching food.
"All these tips are basic common sense which we all know but often forget," Ms Warner said. "If we become more aware about our general cooking habits then we can easily enjoy food without taking the unpleasant risk of getting sick."