Your chopping board is one of the utensils you use every day. But you might not realise it harbouring potentially deadly germs that could cause food poisoning.
According to News, The essential item is up to 200 times dirtier than a toilet seat with an whopping average bacteria count of 25,000 per square cm, a new research has found.
Even you are washing it after every use but it doesn’t mean it’s germ-free.
Unhygienic chopping boards can easily harbour germs like salmonella, E-coli and campylobacter which can cause food poisoning with unpleasant side effects including vomiting, stomach cramps and diarrhoea.
Dr Lisa Ackerley, The Hygiene Doctor, has revealed the common mistakes you are making with your chopping board — including washing them in the wrong way and not replacing them regularly.
“By not regularly replacing your chopping boards you are putting yourself at risk.
“Raw meat, particularly raw chicken, can leave traces of salmonella and campylobacter that cause food poisoning.Thus, avoid using the same chopping board for meat and vegetables,” she added.
Tips to keep your chopping board free of germs:
a) Use separate chopping boards for raw and ready to eat foods.
b) If your chopping board is looking old and scratched you need to replace it. When your chopping boards get really scratched they will be too dirty to get properly clean. Bacteria and food will hide in the cracks and crevices and won’t come out when washed, so it’s best to start fresh with a new one.