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11 sneaky places germs are hiding in your kitchen

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Germs are lurking

The kitchen harbors some of the most germ-ridden items in the average home. Though we focus a lot of attention on cleaning and sanitation in the kitchen, studies show that germs are still lurking in some of the most unexpected places. In a study conducted by the NSF, 36 percent of kitchen items tested contained E. coli; 36 percent contained salmonella; 14 percent were contaminated with listeria; and 100 percent of the items harbored yeast and mold—43 percent at levels high enough to be a serious concern.

Not surprisingly, these pathogen-ridden surfaces and gadgets come into contact with our food on a daily basis, particularly raw foods, increasing the odds that we will get sick from one of many food-borne illnesses.

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