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Glossary beginning with F

A glossary of technical terms related to handwashing. Select a letter above to begin.



Combination of "faux" and "hygiene" meaning when you half-heartedly wash your hands to satisfy your boss or colleagues.


Food and Drug Administration, as part of the Department of Health and Human Services, FDA ensures that domestic and imported food products (except for most egg products and most meat products) are safe, sanitary, nutritious, wholesome and honestly labeled. FDA duties include inspecting food processing plants and warehouses, inspecting imported foods as they come into the country, providing guidance through documents such as the Food Code, regulating the bottled drinking water industry, approving food additives, monitoring seafood products, and approving alcohol-based hand gels for retail or foodservice.

Fecal Matter

Human or animal excrement.


"FIRST IN, FIRST OUT". Food should be used in the order of delivery to make sure that no product spoils or grows dangerous germs.


Food Marketing Institute, an international association for food retailers and wholesalers that conducts programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations of behalf of its 1,500 member companies.


An inanimate object such as a counter top, glove, clothing, utensil etc.., that when contaminated with a viable pathogen, can transmit infectious agents from one person to another. A knife containing infectious Salmonella virus from the unwashed hands of a food service workers serves as a fomite.

Food Biosecurity

aka Food Bioterrorism, Food Security, Food Defense, protecting the food supply from intentional contamination.

Food Contact Surface

Surfaces such as counter tops, utensils or equipment which come into direct contact with food. These areas offer opportunities for cross-contamination if not properly cleaned and sanitized.

Food Handler

Any person who handles opened or unopened food, equipment, utensils or surfaces used for food preparation and serving.

Food Hygiene

All measures necessary to guarantee the safety of food at all stages of the food chain.

Food Quality

The taste, smell, appearance, and nutritional makeup of a food.

Food Safety

The degree of confidence that food will not cause sickness or harm to the consumer when it is prepared,served and eaten according to its intended use.

Food Suitability

Guarantee that food is acceptable for human intake according to its intended use.

Food Temprature

The internal temperature of food, as measured with a thermometer.

Foodborne Disease Outbreak

The occurrence of two or more cases of a similar illness after eating a common food.

Foodborne Illness

Foodborne Infection, an illness or injury obtained from eating food containing live pathogenic bacteria, virus, parasite or other disease-causing organism.

Foodborne Intoxication

Illness resulting from eating food in which harmful toxins are produced by molds or bacteria.


Food Standards Agency, the coordinating body for food safety and standards within the United Kingdom.


Food Safety and Inspection Service, as the main regulatory agency within the USDA (see USDA), FSIS duties include inspecting meat and poultry processing plants, developing food safety guidance for the meat and poultry industry, certifying that all foreign meat and poultry plants exporting products to the US operate under a system equivalent to the U.S. system, and ensuring that state meat and poultry inspection programs are at least equal to the federal program.


A type of plant. Molds and yeast are fungi, some are edible (mushrooms) but most molds should not be eaten.

Fused Bristle

A patented technology where bristles are fused into the base of a brush, eliminating the potential harborage of pathogens.

HandsOn™ System

HandsOn System

5 steps to convert underwashing to under control. Set and track your risk-based ServeReady® Hands and TouchReady® Surface standards.

SaniTwice® for Catered Events

SaniTwice for Catered Events

Uncompromised hand cleanliness for those serving food at venues without running water.

Teaching Videos

Teaching Videos

Globally recognized for their ease of use in any language. Available in DVD and MP4 file download.

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