Most teddy bears are covered in food poisoning bacteria, tests reveal
By Plymouth Herald, http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/
Eighty per cent of teddy bears are contaimianted with bacteria linked to food poisioning and a quarter harbour bugs commonly found in faeces.
That is according to new resaerch carried out by Dettol – which also found that 90 per cent of children regularly drop their teddies on the floor and 75 per cebt of bears aren’t washed after a child has been ill.
New laboratory research also revealed cuddly toys have the highest levels of bacteria in the family laundry basket.
Microbiologists swab-tested a variety of children’s teddies and found that over 80% were contaminated with staphylococcus spp (a pathogen associated with food poisoning) and almost a quarter contained coliforms, indicating a possible presence of harmful organisms. Read more