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We spotlight the importance of hand hygiene to improve public health, serve as a trusted resource and raise awareness of leading-edge hand hygiene and skin health scientific advancements through the GOJO Hand Hygiene Blog.

GOJO microbiologists, scientists, nurses and communication professionals post regularly and we also get the views of outside experts and thought leaders in the field. It’s all part of the GOJO Purpose, saving lives and making lives better through well-being solutions.

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A New Era of Smarter Food Safety: An Expert Opinion

1/7/2020

By Chip Manuel, Ph.D.

Food Safety Science Advisor

I was recently able to participate in the FDA’s public meeting with food industry thought leaders on how to usher in a new era of smarter food safety. As the FDA plans a strategic blueprint outlining steps to protect public health and improve the global food supply chain, I wanted to take a moment to share my thoughts on the meeting. As someone who was able to observe this monumental event, I believe it is crucial that those unable to attend could still understand what was discussed – and hopefully feel inspired to change the way they approach food safety in 2020.

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What to Expect While We're Inspecting

12/19/2019

By Suzanne Krippel

Program Manager for the Food Protection Unit at the Cuyahoga County Board of Health

As a 25-year veteran of public health, I have experienced several iterations of the Ohio Uniform Food Safety Code. Based on the FDA Model Food Code, state regulations change due to newly-discovered scientific evidence and are influenced by the input of industry, regulators, and academia.

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Stomach Flu? It Could Be Norovirus

12/9/2019

By Kristen Green

Clinical Scientist

You were up all night vomiting, and still feel nauseous, your stomach hurts, and you can’t leave the vicinity of your bathroom because of the diarrhea. You figure you have the “stomach flu,” but what if I told you there is no such thing as the “stomach flu?"

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How Workplace and Classroom Findings Help Improve Food Safety Practices

11/8/2019

By Chip Manuel, Ph.D.

Food Safety Science Advisor

Your co-workers are always in close proximity, everyone uses the same accommodations – restrooms, breakrooms, open spaces – and you share snacks, etc., and you always seem to notice someone a little under the weather. You could say this vague description sounds like a restaurant. Maybe even an office. Or a classroom.

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Avoiding Cross-Contamination: It’s All About the Details

10/28/2019

By Chip Manuel, Ph.D.

Food Safety Science Advisor

It’s common knowledge in the foodservice industry that cleaning and sanitizing surfaces, along with proper hand hygiene practices, is one of the best ways to prevent cross-contamination of germs in restaurants. But just because things look clean doesn’t mean they are – kitchen equipment, storage areas, countertops and even cutting boards can hide germs and food soils even after they’ve been cleaned and sanitized. And that’s bad news for your food safety program.

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