Have you ever wondered about the bacteria that could be lurking on your grocery cart handle? A study conducted by the University of Arizona tested carts in five U.S. cities, and the results will definitely give you some food for thought on your next visit to the grocery store.
Harmful bacteria were found on 72 per cent of the carts, with over half of those testing positive for E. coli. The researchers concluded that these numbers indicate that shoppers are regularly exposed to bacteria that affect intestinal health, including pathogens like Salmonella and Campylobacter.
They also found that total bacterial levels on shopping carts are far greater than those found in public places like restrooms, airports, shopping malls and bus stations. E. coli were present in greater numbers on shopping cart handles than on other common surfaces like ATM buttons, escalators, diaper changing tables and restaurant tabletops.
How to Protect Yourself
While the bacterial levels on grocery carts are unappetizing to say the least, there are simple solutions to keeping yourself, and your customers, safe from these harmful germs.
Our solution is to kill bacteria at the source using PURELL® Hand Sanitizing Wipes. The wipes kill 99.99 per cent of most common germs, are safe on skin and contain a non-alcohol paraben-free formula. Keeping PURELL® Hand Sanitizing Wipes displayed next to shopping carts protects customers and staff from coming into contact with harmful bacteria.