From Feces to Your Intestines: The Dangers Lurking On Your Cutting Board

The average home hosts different disease-causing bacteria found mostly in animal and human feces. They cause diseases, mainly due to poor hygiene. The main bacteria-hosting culprits include faucet handles, carpet, phones, pet bowls, kitchen sponge, and the cutting board. A recent daily mail article reported that your kitchen chopping board could harbor fecal bacteria; outranking the toilet seats by about 200%. Properly cleaning a cutting board will help you get rid of the bacteria commonly found on it. The bacteria that can be found on your cutting board include:

E. coli

Different types of these bacteria are normal inhabitants of animal and human intestines. There are, however harmful strains that cause disease if they find their way into the intestines, often through contaminated food and water. These cause symptoms such as diarrhea, fever, and in severe cases, kidney failure.

Salmonella

These bacteria that commonly contaminate milk, eggs, beef, and poultry are a leading cause of food poisoning causing symptoms such as abdominal cramps, diarrhea, and fever.

Campylobacter

Causing a lot of illnesses each year, these bacteria that are found prevalently in raw chicken causes food poisoning with symptoms such as diarrhea or a headache and muscle pain. Infection can also lead to a number of complications.
These bacteria found in feces often get to the boards through raw vegetable, meat, and poultry. Most of these bacteria will be killed during cooking, if the board is not properly washed and disinfected, the bacteria lurking behind can contaminate utensils, food preparation surfaces, and other foods that are eaten raw. That’s why you should clean and disinfect your cutting board.

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