Maine CDC Press Release

March 18, 2009

Maine CDC Cautions Food Workers About Potential Poster Scams

For more information, contact
Dr. Dora Anne Mills, Director,
Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention

AUGUSTA – Maine restaurateurs and caterers appear to have been the targets of an alleged scam involving the sale of hand-washing posters.

This week, Dr. Dora Anne Mills, Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention within the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, said that an ‘official-looking letter’ that appears to have been issued by the Maine CDC’s Health Inspection Program requests that special hand-washing posters be purchased from a certain company for $19.95 each. The letter includes an 800 number that can be used to place an order.

“The Maine CDC did not issue these letters and there is no requirement to purchase these posters,’’ Mills said.

Maine law requires hand-washing signs to be posted over all hand-washing sinks to remind employees that they must wash their hands before returning to their work and before preparing or serving food, Mills said.

“Proper hand-washing is the best way to prevent disease and ensure that food is handled and prepared safely.”

For more information, please contact Maine CDC’s Health Inspection Program 287-5671 or

Free hand-washing signs are available on the Health Inspection Program website at