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Jim Mann is the founder and Executive Director of the Handwashing For Life® Institute and The Handwashing Leadership Forum®. His work to reduce the risk of foodborne and person-to-person illness spans a career from deli and cafeteria experience to work as a product development chemist. He formulated leading brands in skin care, surface disinfection, pest control, foodservice and healthcare sanitizing systems. His work has been as global as the war on virus and bacteria, working on six continents while living in three. Jim’s latest addition to the industry’s Best Practices is the "Hands-On System". This integrated process control for hand hygiene is enjoying documented success in foodservice, healthcare and schools across the USA, Canada, South Africa and the UK. Jim was honored as a recipient of NSF's prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award.

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of three guest opinion columns by Jim Mann in recognition of September as Food Safety Month. Whole genome sequencing, WGS, is a new motivator for enhanced hand washing in all locations where people are preparing and/or serving food. More broadly, it is a robust laboratory procedure…

hand-washing-illustration Healthcare providers, caregivers, researchers and suppliers gathered at the 43rd annual meeting of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control & Epidemiology (APIC) in Charlotte, NC, June 11-13. The theme was “Inspiring Innovation in Infection Prevention” and attendees discussed how evidenced-based research can resolve the recurring riddle of risk versus budgets for both foodservice…

UPDATED: Coverage of Wednesday activities added The Norovirus Summit III picked up where last week’s Conference For Food Protection left off. Presentations and workshops took on the Norovirus challenge from beating back biofilms to data-driven hand washing systems. Steve Russak, COO of CloudClean, describes the capabilities of a new hand wash performance system with chefs from a variety of casino kitchens Tuesday. The system converts current handwash rules into a staff reminder and reporting program. The electronic network set up for handwash verification has a secondary use for tracking temperatures during food preparation and storage. (Photo by Jim Mann) Steve Russak, COO of CloudClean, describes the capabilities of a new hand wash…

Editor’s note: The Conference for Food Protection is managed by an executive board that includes 23 voting members who represent: state food regulatory agencies from each of the FDA regions; local food regulatory agencies from each of the FDA regions; the FDA; USDA/FSIS; the CDC, the food industry; an academic institution; and consumers. BOISE, ID…

The bi-annual Conference for Food Protection includes several opportunities for discussion and comment.
The bi-annual Conference for Food Protection includes several opportunities for discussion and comment.
BOISE, ID — Advances in technology were merged into a day which ranged from fear to a science-based confidence at the bi-annual Conference for Food Protection this weekend. Deep dives into the realities of produce farming and the…

A Return To Mom’s Rules

Mom was right for more reasons than she ever realized. Her insistence to “wash your hands” led to good habits, likely lasting 6-7 years. At that point an attack of self-reliance coupled with a touch of a Superman complex changed handwashing behaviors. Kids were exposed to other kids, older kids,…