Saturday, 23 June, 2018


Kitchen towels cause growth of pathogens and potentially food poisoning

Kitchen towels that don’t air dry are filled with nasty germs Kitchen towels that don’t air dry are filled with nasty germs
Patty Aguilar | 12 June, 2018, 22:19

On several towels they discovered faecal contamination.

Researchers analyzed 100 towels after one month of use and found that almost half had bacterial growth. They found that 49 percent of the towels exhibited growth of bacteria normally found in or on the human body.

"Our study demonstrates that the family composition and hygienic practices in the kitchen affected the microbial load of kitchen towels", Biranjia-Hurdoyal said. Biranjia-Hurdoyal conducted an earlier study of kitchen tables in 2016 and found they can also be hangout spots for unsafe bacteria.

"Of course, E. coli is in the news a lot, but E. coli as a general genus and species is not a problem", Dawson added.

Staphylococcus aureus, or Staph A, also causes skin infections including boils and blisters and Enterococcus spp, which is normally found in our digestive tracts, can cause bacterial infections meningitis in already ill people. Staphylococcus can produce a unsafe toxin that can cause severe illness, say researchers.

Who's More Prone To Bacteria?

The study found E coli was more likely to develop on towels that had been left to sit damp, while coliforms and S aureus bacteria were detected at significantly higher rates in households with non-vegetarian diets.

The answer could be yes if you use the towel for many purposes, have a large family and are not a vegetarian, according to a new study of germs lurking on towels. "Cutting boards and table tops used for food prep are of concern and need to be cleaned regularly and dried".

"Cross-contamination is happening in the kitchen, and those bacteria could reach our food and cause food poisoning", said lead researcher Susheela Biranjia-Hurdoyal.

"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.

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

Sauer advised that people should avoid using towels in place of hand-washing, because they can easily become contaminated with harmful germs from raw meat and poultry juices.

Experts suggest you should swap out your kitchen towel every other day to be safe.

But foodies, beware: If you're not careful about how often you wash your towels, your kitchen rags could become a breeding ground for unsafe, stomach-sickening germs. "And for sponges, microwaving them might be a better way to sanitize them than just putting antimicrobial liquid on them".

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