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Plastic gloves are only surface hygiene

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if we see waiters or Masters in food stores or restaurants handling food with plastic gloves, we may feel gratified and think it is very hygienic. At least it’s more hygienic than holding food with your hands. But is that really the case? After investigation, the researchers found that wearing plastic gloves to treat food may only be a superficial hygiene

if we see waiters or Masters in food stores or restaurants handling food with plastic gloves, we may feel gratified and think it is very hygienic. At least it’s more hygienic than holding food with your hands. But is that really the case? After investigation, the researchers found that wearing plastic gloves to treat food may only be a superficial hygiene

a team of scientists in Oklahoma, USA, came to the above conclusion after studying the number of bacteria on hundreds of tortillas bought from Oklahoma and Kansas fast food restaurants. The topic of the paper, led by Robert Lynch, Professor of occupational and environmental health at the University of Oklahoma, is whether wearing plastic gloves can really reduce the possibility of microorganisms growing on food and how consumers will reduce the risk of food poisoning

experts in favor of gloves believe that plastic gloves separate the palm from the food, so it will be more hygienic, because the hands constantly touch money, raw food, door handles and faucets, and there is the possibility of disease causing microorganisms in these places. Those who oppose the use of gloves think that only when gloves are new, they will be hygienic. 1f they are worn only to make people feel at ease, and do not wash their hands, then even wearing gloves will not help

in the study, Lynch and his colleagues chose tortillas as the subjects. They bought 371 tortillas at 140 restaurants of fast food chains in Wichita, Oklahoma City and Tulsa, one at a time. About half of the tortillas were bought from the gloved master, while the rest were bought from the gloved master. The scientists sealed the tortillas in sterile containers, then put the containers in a cooler and transported them to the microbiology laboratory

in the laboratory, researchers put a small piece of corn cake into a detoxified solution and cultured it in nutrients to observe what it will look like, especially whether the microorganisms growing in us will appear. The good news is that only a very small number of tortillas produce the microbes tested, including Escherichia coli (a bacterium that makes us sick) and Staphylococcus (a bacterium that is common around the nose, mouth and rectum and can cause skin infections)

the disappointing news is that there is no data difference between the tortillas processed with gloves and those processed directly by hand. The results showed that the increase of microorganism was 9.6% in the corn cake treated with gloves, and 4.4% in the corn cake treated with hands. However, it is difficult to confirm the real difference in microbial growth rate due to the difference in the size of the tortillas

Dean clearville, a professor of food safety, said he was not too surprised by the results of the experiment, because the results showed that when users wore gloves, dirty hands almost inevitably soiled the outside of the gloves. “The main purpose of wearing gloves is to reassure consumers and keep inspectors from finding anything wrong,” he said. The only possible exception is if someone has a skin infection. Hand washing is still vital to disease prevention. Gloves are just a comfort to the heart

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