Like I said to her:
"When did you last come down with the Ebola Virus?"
My sentiments exactly.
I also agree with Ossobuco:
I don't understand so much fright about bacteria in general. Bacteria are all around us, and only a relative few are pathogenic. It's true that drippings from uncooked chicken, and some raw eggs could contain pathogens, but generally one cooks the chickens and the eggs, and washes the utensils that may have touched them fairly swiftly.
As a society we have become so paranoid about natural bacterias that we're sanitizing ourselves into huge increases in the number of asthma cases as well as the number of allergies. The fewer natural germs we expose ourselves to the easier it is to become sick.
*end of rant*
I use my 20 year old wooden spoons all the time.
I'm catching up on threads after I've come home from work, and am interjecting here before I've finished all the posts to say, yes, yes, I agree.
I have a degree in bacteriology from an ok place (UCLA) a long time ago. but I try to keep up, somewhat, re med issues. I think germ fear is out of hand, quite the moneymaking deal, and perhaps not wise re ecosystem and one's health. (I nod agreement with care for those who are immunedeficient via chemotherapy, etc.)