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Kitchen towels carry bacteria potentially leading to food poisoning, a new study found.(Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Kitchen towels carry bacteria potentially leading to food poisoning, a new study found.(Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Kitchen towels carry bacteria potentially leading to food poisoning, a new study found.(Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

New research suggests our kitchen towels hold on to a lot of gross stuff.

A study presented at the annual meeting for the American Society for Microbiology, which concludes Monday, found the towels could carry pathogens potentially leading to food poisoning.

Multiple factors contribute to an increase in bacteria found on towels, including family size and the type of food consumed.

Researchers collected 100 towels after one month of use. Results showed 49% of them had bacterial growth. Those numbers increased when other factors were considered, including using towels for multiple purposes.

Research showed the risk of towels contaminated with bacteria such as E. coli was higher on humid towels, multi-purpose towels, and in families with non-vegetarian diets.

“The data indicated that unhygienic practices while handling non-vegetarian food could be common in the kitchen,” said lead author Dr. Susheela D. Biranjia-Hurdoyal, a senior lecturer in the Department of Health Sciences at the University of Mauritius,

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