Germs Too!

21 10 2011

Bacilli and cocci: photo credit kaibara87


An update on the ever-popular germy life posting.

Where would you least like to have bacteria in your house?

Well given, as already established, bacteria is everywhere, you don’t really have any choice in the matter, but there is bacteria and then there is BACTERIA!

So some of the nasties in terms of human survival and health are E.coli, salmonella and listeria. All are associated with food poisoning of the severe and potentially life-threatening kind.

So when you are into healthy eating, say for instance, salads, probably what you want to do is wash out the salad drawers in the refrigerator.

Research commissioned by Microban Europe found an average 7850 bacteria colony-forming units per square centimetre (cfu/cm2) in samples taken from 30 frost-free home appliances. Admittedly the sample numbers are very low – and I don’t happen to have the sampling methodology to hand – perhaps they were sampling the fridges of university student share-houses.

But, YEUCH!

a share-house fridge? photo credit Wallulah Junction


The standard EC recommendations are 0-10 cfu/cm2. The highest in this sample was 129,000 cfu/cm2.

So salds aren’t always health. And WASH YOUR FRIDGES, PEEPS!

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