Look Out! Kitchen Towels Can Cause Food Poisoning

Researchers say kitchen towels could be reason for food poisoning

"Our study demonstrates that the family composition and hygienic practices in the kitchen affected the microbial load of kitchen towels", ANI news reported Susheela D. Biranjia-Hurdoyal, the lead author on the study as saying.

Non-vegetarian diets, multipurpose use, and leaving the towels moist may increase the risk of or directly promote the growth of pathogens, Biranjia-Hurdoyal added. They found that 49 percent of the towels exhibited growth of bacteria normally found in or on the human body. According to researchers, E. coli growth was more likely to be found on damp towels and on towels used for multiple purposes, such as drying dishes and cleaning counters. They also determined the bacterial load on the towels.

They found staphylococcus was more likely to be found on towels from families with children and of lower socio-economic status.

New research suggests our kitchen towels hold on to a lot of gross stuff.

Although staph can indeed cause foodborne illness when it's found in food, the bacterium is also very common on skin.

Out of the remaining towels that tested positive for bacterial presence, 36.7 percent towels contained coliform bacteria while the rest 36.7 percent contained enterococcus spp and remaining 14.3 contained staphylococcus aureus. The presence of potential pathogens from the kitchen towels indicates that they could be responsible for cross-contamination in the kitchen and could lead to food poisoning.

Uber launches Uber Lite, a 5MB app for India
Uber Lite , as the name suggests is small in size and is optimised for phones with low connectivity and older Android OS. Uber Lite also gives users the option to share their ride status with other contacts, or access the emergency contacts.

Boston Celtics: 2017-18 player grades for Jaylen Brown
He is the priciest of the three, commanding 29 percent of the Celtics salary cap this year with a figure of $31.2 million. Hayward joins a mix of emerging stars (Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown ) along with veterans (Irving, Al Horford ).

Jack Dorsey Apologizes for Eating Chick-fil-A After Twitter Mob Attacks
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsney is apologizing for eating and tweeting about Chick-fil-A during Pride Month . Chick fil-A has previously been linked to anti-LGBTQ views.

Coliforms (Escherichia coli) was found to be higher in humid towels, multipurpose towels and in towels from families having non-vegetarian diets.

Researchers cultured bacteria from 100 kitchen towels after one month of use to determine both the type and amount of bacterial growth.

Sauer advised that people should avoid using towels in place of hand-washing, because they can easily become contaminated with harmful germs from raw meat and poultry juices.

Wash hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds before and after handling food, and after using the bathroom, changing diapers or handling pets. Using disposable or paper towels can prevent the risk of spreading of bacteria.

Families who ate meat were more likely to have bacteria growing on their tea towels and E.coli indicated possible faecal contamination from bad hygiene. "Bigger families with children and elderly members should be especially vigilant to hygiene in the kitchen".

Tea towels aren't the only thing in your kitchen harbouring germs.

Related News:

  • Vietnam delays vote on economic bill

    Vietnam delays vote on economic bill

    The three special economic zones are meant to be "mini Singapores" - business-friendly environments complete with high-tech hubs. The protests come at a time of rising tensions over the disputed South China Sea, almost all of which is claimed by China.
    France, Germany making progress on euro zone roadmap: French minister

    France, Germany making progress on euro zone roadmap: French minister

    Canada's Justin Trudeau and other leaders had given closing press conferences and announced a US-backed joint statement.
    Pompeo says North Korea could get ‘unique’ security guarantees

    Pompeo says North Korea could get ‘unique’ security guarantees

    Trump said last night "we will all know soon" whether he can reach a deal with Kim to end North Korea's nuclear program. Trump: " Many people in the world will think of this as a ... form of fantasy ... from a science fiction movie".
  • Hawaii volcano unleashes more small blasts, snaking lava

    Hawaii volcano unleashes more small blasts, snaking lava

    There was "not a lot of change" to the lava flow, said Janet Babb, a geologist with the USGS' Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. Scientists say the blasts happened Monday, including one after a magnitude-5.4 natural disaster .
    Nintendo E3 2018: Every Confirmed Game and Rumor

    Nintendo E3 2018: Every Confirmed Game and Rumor

    The Nintendo Switch is only beginning to hit its stride as more and more third-party publishers decide to support the console. There's now no word yet on when exactly the new GameCube controllers for the Nintendo Switch will be released.
    North Korea sanctions to 'remain in effect’

    North Korea sanctions to 'remain in effect’

    If they said something very bad, very threatening and frightful , just don't answer. Asked what happens next, Trump said: "I think he's gone back to get this done".
  • Girl Wouldn’t Stop Playing ‘Fortnite’ To Use Bathroom, Sent To Rehab

    Girl Wouldn’t Stop Playing ‘Fortnite’ To Use Bathroom, Sent To Rehab

    The girl's parents bought her the Xbox in January and she downloaded Fornite - endorsed by numerous celebrities - soon after. Of course we were furious and confiscated her Xbox. "But then she lashed out and hit my husband in the face".
    No House GOP immigration deal yet, leaders say

    No House GOP immigration deal yet, leaders say

    The number of those who say they "strongly approve" of Trump has improved as well, moving from 22 percent to 26 percent. Ryan called Thursday's unusual gathering, focused exclusively on immigration , in part to stop the petition's momentum.
    Harry Kane says England will be 'aggressive and brave' at World Cup

    Harry Kane says England will be 'aggressive and brave' at World Cup

    England continued preparations for their own adventure by holding an internal match at St George's Park yesterday lunchtime. "I want to score in tournament football and that's what I will try and do", the England captain said.
  • Brazilian tennis legend Maria Bueno dies after mouth cancer battle

    Brazilian tennis legend Maria Bueno dies after mouth cancer battle

    Retiring from the sport in 1977, she became a commentator herself for the Brazilian channel SporTV. Bueno died Friday in a Sao Paulo hospital after battling mouth cancer.
    Super Mario Party Is the Ultimate Party Game for Nintendo Switch

    Super Mario Party Is the Ultimate Party Game for Nintendo Switch

    Ultimate, but as the first installment on Nintendo's hand-held hybrid Super Mario Party has shown that a lot that's changed. Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aimé confirmed the news during Nintendo's E3 2018 presentation Tuesday morning.

    Germany orders Daimler to recall 238,000 diesel vehicles

    The company had earlier said that it contested the legal basis for the finding that the Vito's engine controls were disallowed. Daimler, like other auto manufacturers, uses urea nitrate liquids to neutralize nitrogen oxide emissions in exhaust fumes.


Most liked

Naperville officer rescues young boy running on Route 59
A police sergeant is being honored for his quick actions in rescuing a young child from a busy roadway in suburban Chicago . He responded quickly, parking his squad auto to block traffic and pulling the little boy to safety, according to WGN .

Foxconn investigates ‘harsh working conditions’ at its Amazon plant
That cash, though, is claimed to come at the cost of its workforce, according to a report by advocacy group China Labour Watch . Still, wages are deducted as penalty for taking leave or "unexcused absences", and workers are subjected to verbal abuse .

Nipah: Kerala lifts high alert; schools to reopen on June 12
The Health Minister said that they are expecting all other results to be negative as well. No Nipah virus related deaths have been reported in West Bengal yet.

Vivo's concept Apex is real and it could be your Nex phone
Notably, there is no half-display fingerprint scanning tech, as seen in the Vivo Apex concept phone teased earlier this year. Form and function can not be separated and in the ultimate bezel-less phone , the performance also needs to be optimal.

GOP Backs Canada After Trump Attack: 'A Reliable Ally, a Close Friend'
Ottawa has announced dollar-for-dollar retaliation on the USA imposition of steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada. Merkel also said the European Union would "act" against the US trade measures.

Priyanka Chopra arm in arm with Nick Jonas
They first came together when they posed for photos on the red carpet together in Ralph Lauren designs at the 2017 Met Gala. While Priyanka looked stunning in a green wrap dress, Nick looked dapper in a navy blue suit paired with white sneakers.

Trump’s Trade Adviser Apologizes for ‘Inappropriate’ Trudeau Comments
Kim, one of the president's top trade advisers, Peter Navarro , said there was "a special place in hell" for leaders like Mr. A video posted of Trudeau delivering a press conference appeared to show Trudeau's left eyebrow "falling off" his face.

Kim Jong Un commits to ‘complete denuclearization’ after meeting with Trump
Kim as "little rocket man", and warned that the US would "totally destroy" North Korea. "I think without Otto, this would not have happened", Trump said .

Arron Banks Insists There’s "No Evidence" Leave.EU Took Russian Money
We were pretty trolleyed. "The ambassador was probably in a worse state than we were". Mr Banks said he first met the Russian ambassador over a "boozy lunch".

Real Madrid overtake Manchester United to make £132m move for star player
It is not only the interest from Juve and Real that perhaps makes the eventuality of Milinkovic-Savic joining United now unlikely. Real Madrid is set to meet the demands in a bid to edge out competition from Manchester United for the highly rated midfielder.

Democratic Strategist Points the Finger After De Niro's Profane Insult - He's Blaming
Trump and his top economic aides launched scathing attacks on Trudeau over the weekend amid their ongoing fight on trade. Most of that was bleeped out by CBS , who broadcast the ceremony to a 6-million-strong American audience.

Fallout 76 Is An Entirely Online Survival Game Out In November
For those who missed the conference, Fallout 76 is a multiplayer survival game that allows dozens of players to inhabit one world. The lore aspects of the Wasteland are very much present and it gives us an inside look at how this entire epic franchise began.

E3 2018: New Marvel Spider-Man Footage Shows Some Main Villains
The new trailer shows off brand new footage from the upcoming open-world Spider-Man game from Insomniac. Still, we knew enough about the game going in to sort of understand what was going on.

Square Enix E3 2018
This time around we got to see how the English translation is progressing, and so far we're impressed. If you want to check out the trailer for The Quiet Man , it's embedded right above.

China Sets ‘Red Line’ for U.S. Ceremony in Taiwan
Moy said the new building was "a symbol of the close cooperation and enduring friendship between the United States and Taiwan". Washington cut diplomatic ties with Taipei in 1979 but remains the island's strongest ally and sole foreign arms supplier.