By Steven Reinberg
MONDAY, June 11, 2018 (HealthDay Information) — Is your kitchen towel making you sick?
The reply may very well be sure if you happen to use the towel for a lot of functions, have a big household and should not a vegetarian, in accordance with a brand new examine of germs lurking on towels.
Forty-nine p.c of the kitchen towels collected for the examine have been laden with micro organism, and the bacterial depend elevated with the variety of relations and children, researchers from the Indian Ocean island/nation of Mauritius reported.
“Cross-contamination is occurring within the kitchen, and people micro organism may attain our meals and trigger meals poisoning,” stated lead researcher Susheela Biranjia-Hurdoyal. She is a senior lecturer within the division of well being on the College of Mauritius.
Particularly, the researchers discovered that towels used for quite a lot of duties — corresponding to wiping utensils, drying fingers, holding sizzling utensils or cleansing surfaces — had extra micro organism than towels used for one job. As well as, damp towels had extra micro organism than dry ones, the investigators discovered.
Of the 49 samples that have been infested with micro organism, 37 p.c had Escherichia coli (E. coli), 37 p.c had Enterococcus, and 14 p.c have been contaminated with Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus).
For the examine, Biranjia-Hurdoyal and her colleagues sampled 100 kitchen towels that had been used for one month. They labeled the sorts of micro organism on the towels and likewise how a lot micro organism was current.
Increased charges of S. aureus have been discovered amongst low-income households and people with youngsters, the findings confirmed. The chance for E. coli was larger in damp towels than dry ones, from towels used for a number of jobs somewhat than single-use ones, and from these utilized in non-vegetarian households.
Each E. coli and S. aureus have been discovered at larger charges in households with non-vegetarian diets.
E. coli is a standard micro organism discovered within the gut and is launched in giant numbers in human feces. S. aureus is a micro organism discovered within the respiratory tract.
The researchers’ recommendation? “Keep away from humid and multi-usage towels,” Biranjia-Hurdoyal advised.
Kevin Sauer is an affiliate professor of dietetics at Kansas State College Faculty of Human Ecology in Manhattan, Kansas. He stated, “The important thing recommendation is to stay attentive to meals security when getting ready meals within the dwelling, which incorporates correct hand-washing, avoiding cross-contamination, and cooking and storing meals on the proper temperatures.”
In a food-handling examine he did in 2015, Sauer discovered that fabric towels have been probably the most contaminated.
“Nevertheless, even when supplied with disposable single-use paper towels, members have been nonetheless noticed utilizing these in a approach that led to extra contamination of contact surfaces,” he famous.
Sauer suggested that folks ought to keep away from utilizing towels instead of hand-washing, as a result of they will simply turn out to be contaminated with dangerous germs from uncooked meat and poultry juices.
“Moreover, reusing contaminated towels to wipe fingers or different surfaces can simply result in cross-contamination, and due to this fact shouldn’t be reused all through meal preparation, since they can also contribute to contamination of fingers, surfaces or different meals merchandise,” Sauer stated.
Findings from the examine have been scheduled for presentation Saturday on the American Society for Microbiology assembly, in Atlanta. The findings needs to be thought of preliminary as a result of they haven’t but been revealed in a peer-reviewed medical journal.