Christie Matthews

One Out of Every Two Shopping Carts Has E. Coli On the Handle

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I am a real believer in hand sanitizer, washing hands, Chlorox wipes and Lysol. Just ask anyone I work with or who lives with me.  I am the “germ police”.  I don’t think its an OCD thing. I don’t have to wash my hands 100 times a day, but I do wash them atleast 20 probably. I loathe being sick. When one of my kids get sick and I have to set foot in a doctors office, I literally break out in hives. I envision little germs in the air just waiting to get in me. Don’t laugh… it just truly grosses me out!  So, when I read stories like this I want to share. 

 

You know how most grocery stores have a little container of sanitizing wipes next to the grocery carts? For heaven’s sake…. use them to wipe down your cart’s handle before you shop.

  

We all know grocery cart handles are filthy.  But according to a new study by the University of Arizona, they’re even filthier than you could’ve imagined. 

 

In their study, they found that 50% of shopping carts had E. COLI on the handle.  In case you’re a little fuzzy on the math there, that’s one out of every two carts. It gets worse:  72% of the shopping carts they tested, quote, “contained a marker for fecal bacteria.”

 

While some strains of E. coli are basically harmless, other ones can make you legitimately sick.  And even if you wash your hands, the E. coli from your cart is still getting awfully close to your food.

 

Charles Gerba is a professor of soil, water, and environment, and led the study.  He says, quote, “There’s more [bacteria] than you find in a supermarket’s restroom. 

 

“That’s because they use disinfecting cleaners in the restrooms.  Nobody routinely cleans and disinfects shopping carts.”

 

So, the next time you grab a cart… remember this story. Most every store has those containers right as you walk in. USE THEM!!!  Thank you!

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