The use of disinfectant wipes for surfaces on which food is prepared can reduce the risk of food poisoning by 99.2%, say researchers from the University of Arizona in the United States.
In the study, the researchers studied the effect of using antibacterial napkins on the surfaces of a kitchen countertop made of typical materials - granite, laminated chipboard and ceramic tiles. It was necessary to assess how this affects the risks for the cook, family members and guests-to use harmful bacteria along with food.
The results were compared with several other studies. It turned out that the risk of cross-contamination (from food-to surfaces and hands) leading to the entry of dangerous bacteria into the body could be significantly reduced if antibacterial wipes were used. Scientists have calculated these risks using a computer program. She showed that regular use of disinfectant napkins reduces the annual risk of infection with Campylobacter jejuni infection by 99.2%.
Scientists have explained that Campylobacter is a very dangerous bacterium and can cause serious diseases of the digestive system. For this reason, experts strongly recommend regularly wiping kitchen surfaces and washing hands after cooking.