Kitchen towels could be behind food poisoning

Researchers say kitchen towels could be reason for food poisoning

Researchers say kitchen towels could be reason for food poisoning

The researchers recommended against multipurpose usage of kitchen towels and said that larger families "should be especially vigilant [when it comes] to hygiene in the kitchen", lead study author Dr. Susheela Biranjia-Hurdoyal, a senior lecturer in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of Mauritius, said in a statement.

Baughn also notes it's important to remember that if you cut yourself while cooking, don't grab that kitchen towel you used to dry food or clean potentially contaminated surfaces.

Out of all the kitchen towels collected for the study, 49 percent had bacterial growth which increased with an increase in the number of family members, the presence of children and extended family.

The risk of E.coli was higher in damp towels than in ones left to dry between uses and diet played a role too.

Among the samples which were positive for bacterial growth, 36.7 percent grew coliforms, 36.7 percent grew Enterococcus spp, and 14.3 percent grew S. aureus.

Researchers cultured the bacteria on 100 kitchen towels after a month of usage and discovered some pretty nasty findings.

"But staph being "[on] the towel isn't as concerning as [it being in] food", an expert tells Live Science, noting researchers failed to find the types of bacteria typically associated with foodborne illnesses, like salmonella and O157:H7, a particularly harmful strain of E. coli. The findings were presented at ASM Microbe, the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.

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.

In order to keep your kitchen towels clean and minimize the risk of food poisoning, change them regularly, allow them to dry thoroughly, stick to single uses, and wash your hands regularly.

When is the last time you washed your kitchen towels?

We're talking about kitchen towels.

"The data indicated that unhygienic practices while handling non-vegetarian food could be common in the kitchen", Biranjia-Hurdoyal said. S. aureus is a bacteria found in the respiratory tract.

Maybe it's gastro... or maybe it's just your tea towel!

Further, S aureus was isolated at a higher rate from families of lower socio-economic status and those with children.

The presence of Escherichia coli indicates possible faecal contamination and lack of hygiene practices.

The towels incurred from the meat-eating houses showed a higher prevalence of Coliforms along with the Staphylococcus.

Prepare to be disgusted by what can be found in your kitchen.

"Furthermore, reusing contaminated towels to wipe hands or other surfaces can easily lead to cross-contamination, and therefore should not be reused throughout meal preparation, since they too can contribute to contamination of hands, surfaces or other food products", Sauer said.

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