Look before you cook: Your kitchen is clean. Your kitchen is germy. Both can be true, a University of Colorado study found. Most folks are diligent about sanitising food-prep surfaces like counters, but they miss the less obvious kitchen areas, says study author Dr Gilberto Flores. On average, the locations identified above harboured the widest variety of bacteria types.


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