Kitchen towels can cause food poisoning

Researchers say kitchen towels could be reason for food poisoning

Researchers say kitchen towels could be reason for food poisoning

"Diet, type of use, and moist kitchen towels could be very important in promoting the growth of potential pathogens responsible for food poisoning", Biranjia-Hurdoyal said in a statement.

The finding is based on a University of Mauritius study of 100 kitchen towels used unwashed for one month, roughly half of which were found to have bacterial growth.

Their research discovered E. coli was more likely to be found on tea towels used for more than one job, including cleaning surfaces and wiping utensils, as well as drying hands.

Of the 49 towels that carried pathogens, nearly three-quarters grew coliform bacteria (a type that may include E. coli); 36.7 percent grew Enterococcus; and 14.3 percent grew staphylococcus aureus, a type of staph that can cause serious infections.

Researchers analyzed 100 towels after one month of use and found that almost half had bacterial growth.

Scientists cultured the bacteria found on the towels to identify them and determined the bacterial load.

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The research was presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in Atlanta, Georgia, in the US.

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"Our study demonstrates that the family composition and hygienic practices in the kitchen affected the microbial load of kitchen towels", Susheela Biranjia-Hurdoyal, a senior lecturer at the University of Mauritius, Department of Health Sciences, said.

"However, even when provided with disposable single-use paper towels, participants were still observed using these in a way that led to additional contamination of contact surfaces", he noted.

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

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"The data indicated that unhygienic practices while handling non-vegetarian food could be common in the kitchen", she said with regards to the potential for cross-contamination in the kitchen. About 14 percent grew Staphylococcus aureus, or staph, a bacterium that's sometimes found on people's skin.

The presence of potential pathogens from the kitchen towels indicates that they could lead to food poisoning through cross-contamination. "Bigger families with children and elderly members should be especially vigilant to hygiene in the kitchen", she said.

Higher rates of S. aureus were found among low-income families and those with children, the findings showed.

"Staph is found on the hands and can cause food-borne infection by producing a toxin outside the body".

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