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Hand Sanitizers Don’t Remove Food Allergens

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Everyone knows that hand washing is an important part of staying healthy. Hand sanitizers have their place, too, because they kill germs. However, sanitizers do not remove food allergens.

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This means that if you eat a food that contains allergens like peanuts, there is a serious risk that the allergic peanut proteins will still be on your hands even if you use hand sanitizer. To reduce the risk of contaminating other people or surfaces with those allergens, wash your hands with soap and water, or use wet wipes.

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