According to an experiment conducted by a team of scientists at the University of Mauritius, repeated use of kitchen towels can put entire families at great risk of food poisoning. In order to come up with this result, the team measured the bacterial build-up in 100 such towels over the course of a month. On 49 of them they found bacteria growth and on more than a third of them, coliforms. This is a group of species that also includes the dangerous E. coli.
The experiment concluded that E. coli was more likely to form on damp towels left to sit for some time. At the same time, coliforms and Staphylococcus aureus were most commonly found in households that did not have a vegetarian diet. Higher rates of bacteria growth were reported in the homes of larger families and in those with a lower socio-economic status. According to Dr. Susheela Biranjia-Hurdoyal, the leader of the study, this experiment proves that the hygienic practices in the kitchen along with the family composition affected how much bacteria developed on kitchen towels. Moreover, it seems that the diet and the type of use of moist kitchen towels might be very important when it comes to spreading bacteria which can be responsible for food poisoning.
Kitchen towels can lead to food poisoning
According to the researchers, the E. coli on kitchen towels most likely came from fecal contamination. This means that a lot of families do not have practices that are hygienic enough. The experts are encouraging families to instead use disposable paper towels in the kitchen, instead of their old fabric towels.
Humid towels are also the worst things that you can keep in your kitchen. Big families, with a lot of children and elderly members should be especially careful. These kitchen towels can lead to serious food poisonings and a series of other problems.
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