When it comes to kitchen sinks, stainless steel is still thecleanest, says a University of Georgia researcher.To find the best sink type, Joe Frank, a food microbiologistwith the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences,put today’s kitchen sink surfaces through food safety tests inhis lab.New and Old Materials Tested”So many new materials are being manufactured for kitchensinks,” Frank said. “We wanted to see how they standup to food pathogens that can be found in your home kitchen.”For the test, Frank compared sinks made of stainless steel,mineral resin and polycarbonate plastic. All were tested in bothnew and used conditions.Frank exposed the sink surfaces to Staphylococcus aureus,a pathogen commonly found in household kitchens. “We selectedS. aureus because it’s harder to kill,” he said.The surfaces were exposed to the pathogen and then cleanedwith chlorine, ammonia, bleach and liquid sanitizers.Abraded Surfaces Harder to CleanAll abraded or used sinks were harder to sanitize. But Frankfound the hardest surface to clean was the mineral resin sink.The easiest to clean, he found, was the new stainless steel sink.”New products, especially plastics, are really easy toclean. But once a surface is abraded, it’s just harder to clean,”Frank said. “A new stainless steel surface is rougher initially,but it doesn’t abrade easily, either.”Frank said all surfaces will become harder to sanitize themore they’re used. Using proper cleaning supplies is the key tokeeping your kitchen sink free of harmful bacteria and reducingyour family’s risk of food-borne illnesses.Clean and Sanitize”Remember that a cleanser only removes bacteria,”Frank said. “You have to use a sanitizer to kill bacteria.”UGAfood safety specialists recommend combination cleaning in thekitchen.”Always wash and clean your kitchen surfaces first witha detergent solution,” said Elizabeth Andress, an ExtensionService food safety specialist with the UGA College of Familyand Consumer Sciences. “Then clean the surfaces with a chlorinebleach-solution spray.”Andress said you can easily prepare a chlorine-solution sprayat home by mixing 1 tablespoon of bleach with a gallon of water.”Then put the solution in a spray bottle and use it to spotclean your kitchen surfaces,” she said.She recommends using this solution within a few days. The dilutedbleach solution will lose its strength when exposed to the air.”It’s best to mix up a fresh solution each time you planto sanitize,” Andress said.(Staphylococcus aureus image courtesy of the Centers forDisease Control and Prevention. Sink image courtesy Advanced TabcoInc.)
The Latest: Colts to allow 2,500 fans at season opener September 4, 2020 ___Mississippi fans can have their faces in the stands — for a price — even if they can’t get into the games.The school is selling fans cutouts with photos of themselves for $55. They’ll be placed in the stands for football, soccer and volleyball games.Fans must wear Ole Miss attire in the photos. Attendance will be limited to 25% of capacity for football games at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium because of COVID-19.The first 500 orders for football games will be placed behind the goalposts. The rest will be placed throughout the lower bowl of the stadium. ___Table tennis events will return in China in November.The International Table Tennis Federation says World Cup events for men and women will be held in China after the country took over hosting duties from Germany and Thailand.The Chinese table tennis federation says “we are able to come out from the darkness and to celebrate our return to the table.”The ITTF froze the world rankings in April when all international competitions were postponed or canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The 16 top-ranked men and women will compete at the ITTF Finals. World Cup events will have 20-player lineups of no more than two from each country.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports That number was determined following discussions with the Marion County Public Health Department and set to meet local, NFL and CDC guidelines to help limit the spread of COVID-19. But the Colts will not operate their Touchdown Town outside the stadium until further notice. Colts staff will meet with local health officials as early as next week to discuss capacity for future games.“Our top priority always will be the health and safety of fans, players and staff, so we must take the necessary precautions to keep everyone safe, which includes a reduced stadium capacity on game day,” said Pete Ward, the team’s COO. “We will continue to work with local health officials on steps that will allow our season to go on as safely as possible with fans in the stands. And we continue to appreciate the patience of all our fans as we navigate the fluid nature of this pandemic.” Next week, the team will release specific health and safety procedures for 2020 home games, which also will include requirements for fans and stadium employees on game days. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___ The Indianapolis Colts today will allow a maximum of 2,500 fans at Lucas Oil Stadium for the team’s home opener Sept. 20 against the Minnesota Vikings.