Right on the comment makers.
There IS too much b......t put about concerning hygiene and most of it
On antibiotics I find the current concern about their use very sad as I
remember being the conference secretary for a conference at Nottingham
University (UK) in 1962(yes 1962) when the topic was "Antibiotics in
Agriculture" and warnings were given about the potential rise of
resistant strains. Fat lot of good it did !
Excessive hygiene in the wrong place seems to lead to children having
poor immunological systems which drop them in trouble when poor hygiene
does strike.(Usually from the dud end of the food industry)
On food hygiene, I have a theory that much of the epidemic of food
poisoning that seems to be hitting the UK and USA is connected to the
advent of food supermarkets and especially "out-of town" food markets.
The scenario works like this. Everyone is very busy working long hours
and no time for frequent food shopping (contrast continental Europe). So
you take the car the supermarket once a week (or even once a fortnight),
bring back loads and loads of food AND CRAM THE FRIDGE UNTIL IT CAN'T
As an academic microbiologist I know only too well that even with a lab
full of trained (?) scientists, nothing seems able to prevent them from
overloading refridgerators. Think what they might do at home. even
worse, think what nonscientists might do.
I would love to have the authority to empower a force of "food police"
to have right of entry to check the temperatures of domestic
refridgerators. I think the explanation for "food poisoning epidemics"
would soon appear.
Phew - wanted to say that for some time.
University of Reading, UK
Microbiologist 40 years (so there ! :-))