Food handlers’ gloves may not mean cleaner food

first_img They also say that food managers and workers prefer to use gloves because glove use is easier to monitor than handwashing is. However, “It has often been found that glove use provides a false sense of security because food handlers misuse gloves or neglect washing their hands when gloves are worn,” the article concludes. Overall, testing showed coliform bacteria on 6.5% (24 of 359) of samples for which data were complete. The coliform rate for samples prepared with gloved hands was 9.6%, versus 4.4% for samples handled without gloves. Though the sample was too small to show a significant difference, each of the two rates fell outside the other’s 95% confidence interval, which suggests that a true difference is not unlikely, the report says. Gloves were used on 93% of 172 samples collected in Kansas, where gloves are required by state law, but on only 5% of 191 samples collected in Oklahoma, where they are not, the report says. “Overall, the results of this study suggest that use of gloves by food handlers does not reduce bacterial contamination of foods and might even increase the risk of microbial contamination,” says the report by Robert A. Lynch and colleagues at the University of Oklahoma Department of Occupational and Environmental Health in Oklahoma City. Testing of flour tortillas bought at about 140 fast-food restaurants in Tulsa, Okla., and Wichita, Kan., showed that those handled by gloved workers were more than twice as likely to have coliform bacteria on them as were those handled by gloveless workers, the report says. However, the number of samples was not large enough to make the difference statistically significant. A finding of coliform bacteria (a general term for intestinal microbes) indicates that pathogenic bacteria could be present. The authors write that the higher coliform bacteria rate associated with gloves suggests that food workers were not using gloves properly. “We observed several instances in which previously used gloves were reused, and we never observed glove wearers changing gloves in the midst of food preparation,” they state. “Given the levels of surface bacteria that have been reported in food service settings, it is not surprising that organisms were transferred to the food that were tested.”center_img The researchers found low rates of contamination when they tested for particular bacterial species: 0.3% (1 of 371 samples) for Escherichia coli, 2.2% (8 of 371) for Staphylococcus aureus, and 0.5% (2 of 371) for Klebsiella species. The investigators did not actually count bacterial organisms, however. No potentially pathogenic microbes were found on the unopened tortilla samples. Lynch RA, Phillips ML, Elledge BL, et al. A preliminary evaluation of the effect of glove use by food handlers in fast food restaurants. J Food Prot 2005;68(1):187-90 [Abstract] The researchers collected 371 flour tortillas at restaurants from four fast-food chains in the two cities and tested them for bacteria. When ordering the food, the investigators observed whether or not the workers wore gloves, among other details. The researchers also collected 82 unopened packages of tortillas from the four chains and tested them to assess the background level of bacteria present before handling. Feb 7, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The use of gloves by fast-food restaurant workers might be expected to result in cleaner food, but that isn’t necessarily the case, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Food Protection.last_img read more

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Raptors fans apologize to Kevin Durant by setting up account to donate to his charity

first_img“That’s not what Canada is about,” the website reads. “We got really excited about winning our first championship, ever! When we saw one of the best players on earth leave the game with injury, it made that championship feel so much closer.  We got too excited and we screwed up. We are Canadian, so naturally, we are sorry. “We want to make it up to you! Kevin Durant is one of the best human beings in basketball. His work with the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation has earned him awards like the ESPN Humanitarian of The Year and NBA Community Assist Award. The KDFC raises funds to enrich the lives of at-risk youth from low-income backgrounds through educational, athletic and social programs. Related News A number of Raptors fans cheered when Kevin Durant went down with an injury in Game 5 on Monday and they’re trying to make it up to him.An account has been set up to give money to Durant’s charity as an apology for some fans’ actions. Kevin Durant injury update: Warriors star had surgery to repair ruptured Achilles tendon Warriors planned to offer Kevin Durant long-term deal with anytime opt-out, report sayscenter_img “Raptor Nation – Let’s show KD our true colours and support his humanitarian efforts. WE THE NORTH!”Durant revealed Thursday on Instagram he ruptured his Achilles in Game 5. When he initially went down, a number of fans cheered and waved goodbye to the star forward but Raptors players did all they could to stop them. After a few seconds, it was evident his injury was serious and the stands went quiet.Then, as he was helped off the court by his teammates and a staffer, Toronto fans chanted “K.D, K.D.”last_img read more

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Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic ‘very frustrated’ with lack of playing time

first_imgPulisic moved to Chelsea from Bundesliga runners-up Borussia Dortmund in the offseason amid plenty of hype following a $73 million transfer.However, the United States international has only appeared in one of the club’s last five matches — the 7-1 EFL Cup rout of Grimsby Town on Wednesday.Full-time: Chelsea 2-0 Brighton!Three points and a clean sheet, with goals from Jorginho (p) and Willian! #CHEBHA pic.twitter.com/LcEy2Ife7E— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) September 28, 2019″Yeah, of course, it is very frustrating, but I will continue to work my hardest because I want to play,” Pulisic told NBC Sports after Saturday’s game.Asked if he has received advice from head coach Lampard, Pulisic added: “Not so much. Christian Pulisic admitted he is “very frustrated” with his lack of playing time under Frank Lampard at the Premier League giants.Pulisic, 21, was an unused substitute in Chelsea’s 2-0 Premier League win over Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday. “He said to keep working and I have to improve myself in training and try to get back in the line-up.”It is not going to be easy here, but it was never going to be easy.”Pulisic has made six appearances in all competitions, with the American star yet to open his account for Chelsea, who are sixth 11 points adrift of runaway leaders Liverpool.last_img read more

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