Dangerous bugs lurk in most dishcloths
The innocent-looking dishcloth on the draining board could be a killer. Nine in 10 home dishcloths harbour dangerous levels of stomach bugs, according to a government survey.
Research by environmental health officers suggests that people are more at risk of catching food poisoning from their own cleaning cloths than when they eat out. The Health Protection Agency checked restaurant dishcloths last year and found 56 per cent of them held food poisoning bugs, including E. coli and listeria.
When the Chartered Institute of Environment Health tested 100 home dishcloths this year the level of unhealthy bacteria was even higher. Its report suggests more emphasis be put on tackling food poisoning in the home. It advises dishcloths be washed regularly and not left lying on the sink.
Life & Style blogs
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Who is Teresa Fidalgo? Debunking the fake ghost story that's got Instagram spooked
Paris Fashion Week: Skirting the issue for the stylish boys' brigade
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
Miss Universe 2015: A beefeater, a yellow tree and an entire hockey game - the bizarre national costumes
- 2 Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
Excellent Salary : Austen Lloyd: OXFORD - REGIONAL FIRM - An excellent opportu...
Super Package: Austen Lloyd: BRISTOL - SENIOR CLINICAL NEGLIGENCE - An outstan...
£15000 - £50000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Fantastic opportunities are ava...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: A Compute Engineer is required to join a globa...