A total of 38 samples of disposable hand towels and napkins were analyzed for their microbial content. Total counts on 50% of the samples were <100 organisms per gram of towel, with the remaining counts ranging upward to 7,200 per gram. Bacillus species represented 90% of the flora; the remaining organisms were actinomycetes, clostridia, micrococci, molds, and diphtheroids. Bacillcs cereus was isolated from 5 samples.

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1Fla. Agr. Exp. Station Journal Series No. 4032.