Escherichia coli is a normal flora of human intestine and it is released in large numbers in human faeces.
They found that 49 percent of them had bacterial growth; towels from larger families, particularly those with children or an extended family, were more infested.
All of the bugs can cause food poisoning, with E.coli most likely to cause tummy pain, vomiting, diarrhoea and nausea.
Moreover, the coliform bacteria and staphylococcus aureus were discovered to have a higher prevalence in towels collected from households eating non-vegetarian meals.
"In this study, we investigated the potential role of kitchen towels in cross-contamination in the kitchen and various factors affecting the microbial profile and load of kitchen towels", said Dr. Susheela D. Biranjia-Hurdoyal, Senior Lecturer, Department of Health Sciences, University of Mauritius, lead author on the study.
It was also more likely to be found on damp towels or those in households where meat was eaten. A new research study performed indicates the increased risks of food poisoning on account of reusing the tea towels. Factors such as family size, type of diet, multi-usage of towels, among other factors and their impact on the growth of pathogens on kitchen towels was studied by researchers from the University of Mauritius which has led them to the conclusion that they can cause food poisoning.
The researchers said the presence of E. coli indicated possible faecal contamination and bad hygiene practices.
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The USDA also recommends taking several precautions when preparing food in the kitchen in order to prevent the spread of germs that could make you or your family sick. The rate of isolation of Staphylococcus aureus was higher for families of lower socioeconomic status and those with children. Results showed 49 percent of them had bacterial growth.
The bacteria found in these cloths can be anything from E.coli to salmonella - all mainly from food prepared in the kitchen.
Your kitchen towel may harbor a number of different bacteria, a new study finds. "Bigger families with children and elderly members should be especially vigilant to hygiene in the kitchen", Biranjia-Hurdoyal suggested.
Dr Ackerley previously told The Sun Online: "I have never come across a kitchen cloth that is safe".
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