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Thursday, March 3, 2011

The case for hand sanitizer: Study shows grocery cart handles covered in fecal matter

LA CRESCENTA, CA - NOVEMBER 17:  Platsic groce...Image by Getty Images via @daylife
A recent study from University of Arizona researcher Professor Charles Gerba might make you want to puke while grocery shopping. Gerba says 72 percent of the grocery carts they tested had fecal bacteria on the handles. When further examined, they found E. coli on half of them. The researchers said they found more fecal bacteria on grocery cart handles than you would typically find in a bathroom.

Gerba also pointed out that you should be careful what is put in reusable shopping bags. Meats and vegetables need to be wrapped because bags that are not washed on a regular basis can become a "bacterial swamp."

Can I gag now?

Escherichia coli: Scanning electron micrograph...Image via Wikipedia


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