Specialists indicate that the dirtiest items in our home do not include our toilet, but, most likely our supermarket groceries. Germs are everywhere, even on the bars of soap in our bathrooms. A high accumulation of bacteria represents a serious threat to our health. Researchers established that supermarket groceries carry a lot of germs.
Specialists indicate that supermarket groceries carry a high number of microbes
Based on the data provided by Charles Gerba, one of the leading microbiologists at the University of Arizona, there appear to be several ways through which germs reach to gather in great numbers on the surface of several products without them even knowing this. Researchers claim that the highest number of germs is in meat containers where bacteria can breed fast.
Gerba made up a list in which he included the products which indicate the highest numbers of germs. The first one is the shopping cart handle. We all know that the largest amount of microbes is transmitted through hands, touching several products which most likely were touched by others. The shopping cart is used by different people every day. It may have one of the highest amounts of germs, increasing a load of bacteria with every person touching it.
A high amount of germs can be found on canned goods and fresh food
The next on the list are the products located in the fresh produce section. Every person who buys fruits or vegetables chooses their items with their bare hands, first touching or squeezing the product before purchasing it. He also stated that products which are sold being torn or cut into pieces are very likely to contain a lot of germs. The researcher advises us to acquire products which are not opened or split in any way.
The third in line are seafood and meat. If the package of seafood, meat or poultry is torn, we should avoid buying it because most likely than not it contains a large number of germs. Gerba indicates that we should put the meat and seafood into two or three bags before putting them in the cart. Another product which contains a high number of microbes is canned food. Research developed by NSF International, a public health safety group, suggested that it should be mandatory for buyers to check the canned or boxed goods. If the can is leaking or is swollen, then we should avoid purchasing them.
All in all, we should pay attention to everything we touch in a supermarket, and we should carefully disinfect our hands after shopping.
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