Washing it regularly may not be enough. <small> Cover image via Business Insider/Instructables </small>
Recent research revealed that bacteria found on old chopping boards could be a cause for food poisoning and diarrhoea
According to a Facebook post by Public Health Malaysia, germs like salmonella and E. coli, among others could get trapped inside the scratches of old chopping boards.
These germs are what lead to food poisoning, diarrhoea, and stomach aches.
For every square centimeter on an old chopping board, studies showed that there could be 24,000 bacteria – that is 200 times more germs found on a toilet seat!
<a href="https://images.says.com/uploads/story_source/source_image/692046/69db.jpg" rel="segment-277917 noopener noreferrer" target="" title="Image for illustration purposes only."> <img alt="Image for illustration purposes only." src="https://images.says.com/uploads/story_source/source_image/692046/69db.jpg"></img></a> Image for illustration purposes only. <small>Image via Joshua Paul</small> Washing the chopping board after using may not help as<b> the grooves might be too deep to be cleaned out. </b>
The Facebook post added that it is common for the public and restaurants to continue using chopping boards despite it not being fit to be used anymore.
According to Public Health Malaysia, here are ways to prevent sicknesses:
1.<b> Use separate chopping boards for raw meats and vegetables</b> because bacteria from meats may stick to the cutting board and transfer to vegetables and fruits.
- If there are many scratches on your chopping board, replace it with a new one. According to cleaning experts, chopping boards should be replaced every 12 months or when it gets excessively grooved and cracked.
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