The kitchen dishcloth as a source of and vehicle for foodborne pathogens in a domestic setting.
A sample of 100 ‘in-use’ kitchen dishcloths and sponges was obtained from homes and tested for specific organisms. Neither salmonella nor campylobacter were detected from any dishcloth. Staph. aureus was detected on 4% of sponges, but not dishcloths. They also demonstrated that dishcloths and sponges (artificially inoculated with E. coli) were able to transfer organisms onto a food preparation surface. International Journal of Environmental Health Research 2000;10:257-261.
Publication Type: Journal article