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Q: Is there research on hand towels and dish towels use in home kitchens?

A: Yes. Research shows a link between dish cloths, towels and foodborne illness. Researchers from the University of Arizona collected and analyzed 82 home dish towels and cultured them for pathogens. 89% of the dish towels had fecal coliforms on them. E.coli contaminated 25.6% of the towels. To prevent cross-contamination, air-dry dishes and equipment and use single use towels to dry your hands.

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