ATM machines, conveyor belts, fresh fruit and veggies and packaged raw meat are all active breeding grounds for bacteria, according to a number of recent studies centred on supermarket hygiene.
This information may not surprise you. After all the sheer number of people in any given supermarket at one time all touching these items as they purchase their groceries should give you an instant indication of the potential of germs to be spread far and wide.
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According to the various studies which were featured on dailymail.co.uk, fresh fruit and veggies have literally been touched by dozens of people before we take them home to consume. Dents and bruising can also be an easy access point for bacteria to breed in.
The conveyor belts where we all load up our purchases to be scanned are also a major area of germ infestation. Germs from people’s hands and those already existing on the products we are purchasing easily transfer onto the conveyor belt to be spread further afield.
Packaged raw meat such as chicken also contains high levels of bacteria, both on the internal and external packaging.
Live bacteria have also been found on ATM and Eftpos machines. Bacteria such as those that cause virus such as diarrhoea and gastro are found in extreme amounts on the touchpads we all use.
As you rush around doing your last minute Christmas shopping, don’t forget to pack your hand sanitiser. Protect yourself and your family from the potential bacteria that lurks on your favourite items.