By Nailah Dossa
The UK Hygiene Council has laid claim to the UK being the dirtiest country in Europe as recent research has revealed that a quarter of household kitchens sinks had E.Coli present.
The research reveals Britain is the dirtiest country in the developed world – despite two thirds of Brits claiming they are more aware of the importance of hygiene now than last year.
The first-of-its-kind study, which swabbed 140 homes from seven countries across the globe, found that: A quarter of UK kitchen cloths harbour E. Coli – an indication of faecal contamination and two thirds of baths and showers were satisfactorily clean – yet only 45% of sinks were cleaned to the same standard.
Worryingly, despite most harmful bacteria being found around the kitchen sink, the Global Hygiene Council’s survey of people across the globe found that most people believe they need to focus their cleaning efforts on the rubbish bin and the toilet to protect their family from infection.
“Despite the public receiving more messages about hygiene than ever before, it is clear that there is still a gap between knowledge and practice. To discover E.Coli in so many of the UK kitchens studied is particularly concerning,” said Chair of the Hygiene Council, Professor John Oxford.
“Another cause for concern is the state of the streets and this country’s waste disposal methods.
Many blame the Coalition Government for the current state of less than acceptable hygiene affairs as this Government including the local government started this downward spiral by trying to save money by paying the rubbish collectors less thus saving us money but in fact resulting in costing us a great deal more.”