Bacterial occurrence in kitchen hand towels

Charles P Gerba, Akrum H Tamimi, Sherri Maxwell, Laura Y. Sifuentes, Douglas R. Hoffman, David W. Koenig

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Abstract

The common occurrence of enteric bacteria in kitchen sponges and dishcloths suggests that they can play a role in the cross-contamination of foods, fomites and hands by foodborne pathogens. This study investigated the occurrence of bacteria in kitchen towels often used to dry dishes, hands and other surfaces in the domestic kitchen. A total of 82 kitchen hand towels were collected from households in five major cities in the United States and Canada and the numbers of heterotrophic bacteria, coliform bacteria, and Escherichia coli in each towel were determined. In addition, identification of the enteric bacteria was performed on selected towels. Coliform bacteria were detected in 89.0% and E. coli in 25.6% of towels. The presence of E. coli was related to the frequency of washing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)312-317
Number of pages6
JournalFood Protection Trends
Volume34
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2014

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Gerba, C. P., Tamimi, A. H., Maxwell, S., Sifuentes, L. Y., Hoffman, D. R., & Koenig, D. W. (2014). Bacterial occurrence in kitchen hand towels. Food Protection Trends, 34(5), 312-317.

Bacterial occurrence in kitchen hand towels. / Gerba, Charles P; Tamimi, Akrum H; Maxwell, Sherri; Sifuentes, Laura Y.; Hoffman, Douglas R.; Koenig, David W.

In: Food Protection Trends, Vol. 34, No. 5, 01.09.2014, p. 312-317.

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Gerba, CP, Tamimi, AH, Maxwell, S, Sifuentes, LY, Hoffman, DR & Koenig, DW 2014, 'Bacterial occurrence in kitchen hand towels' Food Protection Trends, vol. 34, no. 5, pp. 312-317.
Gerba CP, Tamimi AH, Maxwell S, Sifuentes LY, Hoffman DR, Koenig DW. Bacterial occurrence in kitchen hand towels. Food Protection Trends. 2014 Sep 1;34(5):312-317.
Gerba, Charles P ; Tamimi, Akrum H ; Maxwell, Sherri ; Sifuentes, Laura Y. ; Hoffman, Douglas R. ; Koenig, David W. / Bacterial occurrence in kitchen hand towels. In: Food Protection Trends. 2014 ; Vol. 34, No. 5. pp. 312-317.
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