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Proper Handwashing for Produce Handlers1

Amy Simonne, Mark Ritenour, Jeff Brecht, Steve Sargent and Keith Schneider2

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Wash your hands before:

  • returning to the field or entering the packing line

  • touching clean produce

  • putting on new gloves

  • preparing food

  • consuming food

Wash your hands after:

  • visiting the restroom

  • touching bare human body parts (ear, nose, hair, etc.)

  • working with soil or rotten produce

  • handling garbage

  • smoking or doing other activities that dirty your hands



This document is FCS8762-Eng, one of a series of the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville FL 32611. First published: March 2004. Revised: August 2007. Reviewed November 2013. Reviewed by Linda B. Bobroff, Ph.D., RD, LD/N, Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences. Meredith C. Taylor, M.S., FCS, P.L., extension agent IV, Suwannee County. Sally K. Williams, Ph.D., associate professor, Animal Sciences. UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville, FL 32611. Please visit the EDIS website at


Amy Simonne, Ph.D., professor, Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences; Mark Ritenour, Ph.D., assistant professor, Indian River REC; Jeff Brecht, Ph.D., professor and Steve Sargent, Ph.D., professor, Horticultural Sciences Department; and Keith Schneider, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition. UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville, FL 32611.

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U.S. Department of Agriculture, UF/IFAS Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A & M University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating. Nick T. Place, dean for UF/IFAS Extension.