Shopping Cart Germs!
Researchers from the University of Arizona swabbed shopping cart handles in four states looking for bacterial contamination. Of the 85 carts examined, 72 percent turned out to have a marker for fecal bacteria. The researchers took a closer look at the samples from 36 carts and discovered Escherichia coli, more commonly known as E. coli, on 50 percent of them — along with a host of other types of bacteria “That’s more than you find in a supermarket’s restroom,” said Charles Gerba, the lead researcher on the study and a professor of microbiology at the University of Arizona. “That’s because they use disinfecting cleaners in the restrooms. Nobody routinely cleans and disinfects shopping carts.” [pullquote_left]Nobody routinely cleans and disinfects shopping carts[/pullquote_left] The study’s results may explain earlier research that found that kids who rode in shopping carts were more likely than others to develop infections caused by bacteria such as salmonella and campylobacter, Gerba said. –courtesy of NBCnews.com
Tips for protecting your kids:
Use Sanitizing Wipes on cart
Place a Shopping Cart Cover on the cart, then place child in it.
Tether Toys so they do not fall on the ground.