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Germs on your towel

13 June 2018, 08:43 | Randall Craig

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Yes There Are Bacteria on Your Kitchen Towel. No They Won't Make You Sick

A new research study performed indicates the increased risks of food poisoning on account of reusing the tea towels.

49% of the kitchen towels collected in the study had bacterial growth which increased in number with extended family, presence on children and increasing family size.

Scientists from the University of Mauritius examined 100 kitchen towels that had been used for a month. Out of the 49 samples that were positive for bacterial growth, 36.7 percent grew coliforms, 36.7 percent grew Enterococcus spp and 14.3 percent grewS. aureus.

"People are picking up bacteria and pieces of food when they wipe surfaces with it, then leaving it by the sink to fester". "But there are specific types that can cause problems, like the ones recently found on romaine lettuce".

Staphylococcus can cause food poisoning as the bacteria multiply quickly at room temperature to produce a toxin that causes illness. But does that mean your towel can actually make you sick?

Who's More Prone To Bacteria?




New research shows some nasty findings about the bacteria that can be found. The rate of isolation of Staphylococcus aureus was higher for families of lower socioeconomic status and those with children. In addition, damp towels had more bacteria than dry ones, the investigators found. "Cutting boards and table tops used for food prep are of concern and need to be cleaned regularly and dried". This could happen if, for instance, someone used a kitchen towel to wipe up meat juices from the counter and another person unknowingly used the towel to dry their hands, Chapman said. "We also found that diet, type of use and moist kitchen towels could be very important in promoting the growth of potential pathogens responsible for food poisoning".

The scientists swabbed, cultured and preserved the bacterial contamination from such towels. "There's just a wider range of sources of possible bacteria in the kitchen".

"It doesn't surprise me at all that something that's in a kitchen environment has bacteria on it".

"You want to change that towel every few days".

"They should be machine washed in hot water with soap and bleach if white, or if colored use a peroxide-containing soap made for sanitizing colored clothes", said Philip Tierno Jr., PhD, clinical professor of Microbiology and Pathology at NYU School of Medicine. "And for sponges, microwaving them might be a better way to sanitize them than just putting antimicrobial liquid on them". "Bigger families with children and elderly members should be especially vigilant to hygiene in the kitchen", Biranjia-Hurdoyal said.



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