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#1 posted 05-07-2012 06:08 PM

Crank49….The FDA didn’t do us any favors by requiring the use of plastic cutting boards in the meat processing industry. They acted under the false assumption that plastic is more sanitary than wood. In fact, the opposite is true. Bacteria is absorbed deep into the wood grain where it either dies or is trapped far enough from the surface to have any effect on the food being processed. Plastic, on the other hand, is impermeable and holds the bacteria at the surface where it can grow and thrive. Wood surfaces are “self-healing” whereas the cuts made in plastic are permanent scars which, as they accrue and become deeper, become harder to clean and must be discarded after a relatively short life time. Wood, if treated properly, can last for generations.

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