Re: ### micro-FAQ on wood # 84

As I understand it, the reason tropical woods (rubberwood in particular) are preferred for cutting boards is precisely *because* they're lethal to lots of organisms - pathogenic bacteria specifically. If the board is completely nontoxic you end up with the same hazards as in a plastic board - the germs can get driven into the cracks and lie doggo for years before re-emerging to contaminate your food. There are very few toxins in wood that pose as large a hazard as something like listeria or E.coli 0167.
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