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From Michael Greger, M.D.

Normally I only discuss studies that were published within the last month, but with the holidays coming up I wanted to share with you a landmark article on food safety which was published earlier this year.

Knowing that poultry is the most common cause of food poisoning in the home, researchers had 50 people take chicken straight from a supermarket and prepare a meal with it as they normally would in their own kitchen. The researchers then took samples from the kitchen sponges, dishcloths, hand towels, etc and tested them for the presence of diseases like campylobacter and salmonella.

And indeed they found a number of contaminated samples. "Antibacterial" dishwashing liquid did not seem to offer any protection. They conclude that "Pathogenic bacteria can be recovered relatively frequently from the kitchen environment." Yet another reason to have a vegetarian Thanksgiving.[1]


[1] Journal of Applied Microbiology 94(2003):842.

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