BACTERIA-MOLD COMBO IN BREAD CAN LEAD TO TOXIC SHOCK SYNDROME
MANILA - Bread is among the most common staple foods in the country. It is our favorite breakfast and snack, providing our bodies with the energy and nutrition that we need to start the day.
But did you know that toxic bacteria and molds could be thriving in your bread?
Dr. Windell Rivera, a microbiologist, recently studied bread samples. His laboratory findings show that bacteria such as penicillium, aspergillus, rhizopus, bacillus cereus, and staphylococcus aureus, were thriving in the bread samples that he collected.
He warned the public these bacteria may pose serious damages to our health and appetite.
“Staphylococcus aureus ang delikado. ‘Pag mahina ang ating immune system, p'wede talaga itong mag-cause ng debilitating illness doon sa pasyente. Ang worst case siguro ay iyong toxic shock syndrome.”
Although Staphylococcus aureus is commonly found on the human skin, experts warn that we must not underestimate its effects once it is ingested. It may cause vomiting, nausea, loss of appetite, diarrhea, severe abdominal cramps, and mild fever among others.
“It is highly possible na ‘yung mga mold species na ito, bacteria species, kapag dumikit sila doon sa sponge na gamit sa panlinis, puwede silang mag-grow doon. Unang una, kung mataas ang moisture content ng sponge, magiging daan ‘yon para mabuhay yung mga mikrobyo, at puwedeng mag-cause ito ng cross contamination,” Dr. Rivera adds.
During times when food is easily contaminated by various types of bacteria, Dr. Rivera recommends use of dishwashing liquid that contains powerful antibacterial components in cleaning the dishes.