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  • Edward Guyatt commented on canida's instructable How to Cut a Melon2 years ago
    How to Cut a Melon

    I hope I wasn't too harsh in tone, as clearly the author is just trying to make a valuable contribution to other people's skills, but I think it's an important point I was making:Even thorough hand-washing isn't usually thorough enough to get under the fingernails (I remember no mention of this in NHS hand-washing guidelines I saw on a poster) and fingernails harbour a very diverse range of pathogens that could multiply in say a syrupy fruit salad. I think encouraging proper food safety in HOWTO's is important because some people (e.g. the very young and very old) can be much more adversely affected by food poisoning.Some people take food safety too far (e.g. washing thoroughly pre-washed salads) but basic hygiene accounts for a significant part of the rise in life expectancy Western so...

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    I hope I wasn't too harsh in tone, as clearly the author is just trying to make a valuable contribution to other people's skills, but I think it's an important point I was making:Even thorough hand-washing isn't usually thorough enough to get under the fingernails (I remember no mention of this in NHS hand-washing guidelines I saw on a poster) and fingernails harbour a very diverse range of pathogens that could multiply in say a syrupy fruit salad. I think encouraging proper food safety in HOWTO's is important because some people (e.g. the very young and very old) can be much more adversely affected by food poisoning.Some people take food safety too far (e.g. washing thoroughly pre-washed salads) but basic hygiene accounts for a significant part of the rise in life expectancy Western societies have enjoyed in modernisation.

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