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Caution, desk-top diners

By wire services
Published November 30, 2005

If you're one of the millions of U.S. workers who regularly eat at their desks, keep in mind that your keyboard and desktop should be cleaned regularly.

The American Dietetic Association recommends cleaning them both daily in order to safeguard yourself from food-borne illnesses.

Also, have you looked inside the office microwave lately?

If you have, you'll understand why it's important to keep foods covered when you use it. Wipe down spills as soon as they happen - illnesses could be caused by spilled foods that spoil.

Also, keep these items at your desk if you insist on dining there: hand sanitizer, paper towels, spray disinfectant or disinfectant wipes.

And as silly as you might feel doing this, it wouldn't hurt to use a stem thermometer to check the temperature of your office fridge. It should be set at 40 degrees or lower to keep food safe.

Some other timely tips:

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are spread when you touch something that is contaminated and then touch your face or food.

[Last modified November 29, 2005, 10:47:04]

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