It’s no secret that bacteria hide everywhere. Contrary to popular belief, many of the germiest areas in a restaurant, business or home are in the kitchen, not the restroom. With their proximity to food, those germs can cause potentially dangerous foodborne illnesses. A recent study from NSF International looked at 14 common kitchen items for the presence of E. coli, Salmonella, yeast and mold. The goal is to highlight properly cleaning and sanitizing those areas.
Here are the top six germiest items according to the study:
1.) Refrigerator vegetable compartment: Salmonella, Listeria, yeast and mold
2.) Refrigerator meat compartment: Salmonella, E. Coli, yeast and mold
3.) Blender gasket: Salmonella, E. Coli, yeast and mold
4.) Can opener: Salmonella, E. Coli, yeast and mold
5.) Rubber spatula: E. coli, yeast and mold
6.) Food storage container with rubber seal: Salmonella, yeast and mold
All of these items come in direct contact with food, meaning those bacteria have the potential to make people sick. For detailed information on how to clean the six germiest areas, visit the NSF International Website.
NSF International also pointed out that dark moist environments can breed mold, even in your refrigerator. You should regularly clean out your refrigerator and sanitize the shelves, baskets and other surfaces.