International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene

Home Hygiene & Health

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International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene

Home Hygiene & Health

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Levels of microbial contamination of domestic refrigerators in Italy

According to the EFSA Report 2013, 32.7% of outbreaks of foodborne illness registered in Europe occurs within the home, due to inadequate hygienic behaviour of consumers when preparing foods in the kitchen. The efficacy of proper cleaning of cutting boards, dishes and cutlery in limiting microbial cross-contaminations in the kitchen has been documented many times, whereas few researches have been performed to determine the microbial load of the internal walls of domestic refrigerators, in Italy. The aim of this investigation is to ascertain the role played by internal surfaces of home refrigerators as possible sources of microbial contamination of foods. Food Control. 2014 Aug 31;42:257-62.