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We clean, scrub, disinfect, and sterilize all the things, and still is seems our kitchen is trying to kill us, and we’re not talking about a measly Ghost Buster’s-esque egg attack. CBS News recently reported on a new NSF International study that proves that several common kitchen areas, gadgets, and utensils are commonly riddled with microorganisms — the potentially deadly kind.

Would it shock you more if we said that the study tested for these four specific types of microorganisms: E. coli, salmonella, yeast and mold, and listeria? Okay, we thought so. It’s super gross to even think about this stuff living in our fridge with all the food, but researchers also found these microscopic creepy crawlies in 14 other specific places: the blender, can opener, flatware storage tray, knife block, microwave keypad, pizza cutter, spatula, strainer and refrigerator ice dispenser, water dispenser, meat and vegetable compartments, and food storage containers with rubber seals. Those go through the dishwasher, people!

The study concluded that 25% of items contained E. coli (the refrigerator meat compartment, rubber spatula, blender gasket, can opener, and pizza cutter), 25% contained salmonella (the meat and vegetable compartments in the refrigerator, spatula, blender, gasket, refrigerator ice and water dispensers, and the rubber seals on food storage containers), 10% contained listeria (refrigerator vegetable compartment and refrigerator door seal), while a whopping 100% contained mold and yeast!

"I think the biggest oversight that people make is they don't follow the manufacturer's instructions when it comes to cleaning," said [microbiologist and senior project manager at NSF Lisa] Yaka. "They just don't think these places can be dirty."

We’re about to get the Merry Maids up in our kitchen, or maybe we should make friends with the people who do crime scene cleanups.

Source: CBS News


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