"Moist towels could be very important in promoting the growth of potential pathogens responsible for food poisoning".
The microbiologists found that roughly half of the 100 towels were growing risky microbes, including the potentially infection-inducing Staphylococcus (also known as "staph") and E. coli. While it's true that a new study did find that kitchen towels aren't exactly bastions of cleanliness, you don't necessarily need to forever banish them to the deepest, darkest pits of hell. Thanks in part to how often they are reused, they are often filth-encrusted sheets infested with bacteria, meaning that they're putting you - an innocent kitchen-dweller - at an elevated risk of food poisoning. Critical observations of the research conclude that multiple uses of the towels may give rise to cross-contamination by potential pathogens. Specifically, S. aureus was more likely to be found on towels from larger families and those of lower socioeconomic status, while the intestinal bacteria were more likely to be found in families that ate meat. Damp towels had higher concentrations than dry, and towels used for a variety of tasks (drying hands, wiping surfaces, holding hot implements) were more likely to be contaminated than single-use dish cloths. Out of the 49 samples which were positive for bacterial growth, 36.7 percent grew coliforms, 36.7 percent Enterococcus spp, and 14.3 percent S. aureus.
Nearly half of the tea towels analysed had bacterial growth, which increased in number with extended family and the presence of children.More news: Is Anthem Coming to Nintendo Switch?
The study, carried out by the University of Mauritius, examined 100 tea towels that had been used for a month. Family composition and hygiene practices are associated with the microbial load of kitchen towels, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, held from June 7 to 11 in Atlanta. All surfaces should be cleaned after use and most importantly hands should be washed before preparation of food and after handling raw meat, fish, eggs or poultry.
Use paper towels once.
Their thorough research work reveals that the multiple use towel shows the presence of Escherichia coli.More news: Ronaldo will stay at Madrid and Griezmann at Atletico, says LaLiga president
She said that these results show bad handling of non-vegetarian foods in the kitchen.
Kitchen towels that don't air dry are filled with nasty germs. "Bigger families with children and elderly members should be especially vigilant to hygiene in the kitchen", Biranjia-Hurdoyal suggested.More news: Neymar honoured to go level with Romario on 55 Brazil goals