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There Are More Germs In A British Barbeque Than In A Toilet Seat
There Are More Germs In A British Barbeque Than In A Toilet Seat

Thank God I’m not British, according to a new study an average British BBQ contains twice as many germs than a toilet seat, a new study has revealed.

According to the Daily mail report Hygiene expert Dr Lisa Ackerley found the typical outdoor grill contains a staggering 1.7 million microbes per 100cm sq.

Remarkably, these tests – carried out for cleaning brand Jeyes - were conducted on barbecues that looked clean to the naked eye.

High levels of microbes in the garden can indicate the presence of more sinister organisms and bacteria such as e-coli, salmonella and listeria.

And these can cause severe vomiting or diarrhoea if transferred to the burgers and sausages cooked on the grill, Dr Ackerley warned.

Despite our diligence in keeping the inside of our homes clean and germ free, most Britons overlook garden cleaning, the study of 1,400 people found.

n fact, a houseproud 71 per cent clean their kitchen table every day and 42 per cent scrub their toilet with the same regularity.

But just 28 per cent clean their patio table more than twice a year, and only 36 per cent wash their barbecue as often.

Dr Ackerley - one of the UK's leading food safety experts - found bin lids have the next highest bacterial count with 1.2 million microbes per 100 cm sq.

They pose a risk to householders taking out the rubbish and highlight the importance of washing hands, she said.

In fact, four of the six garden areas tested were found to contain more bacteria than a toilet seat - home to 759,950 microbes per 100 cm sq.

Bacteria in the garden can include decaying plant matter, dropped or spilled food as well as deposits from wild or domestic animals, including birds.


Enjoying food prepared outdoors is less appetising after the news that barbeques harbour more germs than toilets and bins

E-coli, salmonella and listeria are particularly dangerous for the very old and very young.

Dr Ackerley said: ‘We often see our gardens as an extension of our homes but they could become a reservoir of harmful bacteria.

‘They potentially give rise to illness and infection if transferred to your food or your mouth by your hands.

‘To help keep the family safe, I would suggest cleaning and disinfecting garden furniture and barbecues prior to use.

‘And, if you have small children, then remember to clean areas that may come into contact with their hands - such as decking and play equipment.

‘Using an appropriate disinfectant could significantly reduce this risk and lead to a healthier, safer outdoor experience for all.’



That’s why we keep our Braai stands indoors and clean here in South Africa.


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