Thursday, February 28, 2008

Using Hand Sanitizer to Prevent Peanut Contamination? Think Again.

Something to keep in mind that was new to me:

If you think that a hand sanitizer, like Purell, can protect you against peanut proteins, think again.

Hand sanitizers shouldn't be used to clean the hands of someone who's just touched peanuts (or other food allergens for that matter). These products are made to kill germs only - they don't wash your hands and they can't always remove allergenic proteins like peanuts or shellfish from your hands.

Just something to keep in mind. Handwashing with soap and water is the best way to remove peanut residue or other food allergens from your hands (or body).

Not that I'm ever touching peanuts, but it's good to keep in mind.


ChupieandJ'smama said...

It took me a loooong time to get some family members to come to grips with this. They just couldn't get it through their heads.

Pez said...

The schools don't even understand this concept either.

Jenny said...

Thank you for this info. I didn't know that either! What about hand wipes like "Wet Ones?" Just wondering.

I also have a blog about nut allergies ( and I'm glad to have found yours!