Recently, germs are invading our homes in many ways and the accumulation of these germs is posing a great threat to us. Currently, it is seen that most groceries from supermarkets are obsessed by germs not creating a fascinating shopping environment for the public.
Charles Gerba, one of the leading microbiologists at the University of Arizona said: “There are many approaches via which microbes are piggybacking on produce and buyers are unaware about this.”
The largest hoards of germs are found near the meat containers where they breed fast.
Gerba reveals out the top germ-occupied things present in supermarkets which people mostly come across.
- Shopping Cart Handle It may be seen that bulk of the germs is transmitted via hands while purchasing the groceries, where much bacteria are gathered from the touch of various people. Wiping out the handle is the most crucial thing that one should do, says Gerba. He alerts that use of sanitizing wipes at the store’s entry or carrying own wipes to stay protected is an important thing.
- Produce Aisle: Fresh produce section doubles up as a hoard of germs as the easy way of entry for germs into handles. The expert also warns against purchasing produce that is cut or torn as they make way for germs. Gerba suggests purchasing a perfect product that is free from the split or open gaps.
- Meat and seafood: If packaging of meat and seafood is torn, it is necessary to forego the item as outlets pave way for germs. Gerba says a double-bagging for meat and seafood prior to its loading onto the cart and keeping them isolated from other products to prevent cross-contamination.
- Canned food products: A study by public health safety group NSF International has revealed obligatory damage-checking on the part of shoppers who are purchasing canned foods.
Legionnaires’ disease from supermarket bacteria
Different buyers are not aware of the risk from misting spray in supermarkets on fresh produce.
According to a research carried out by scientists at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine said that the germ risk from unhygienic smartphones with one out of every six phones contaminated with toilet germs.