We’ve always known that any common facility would not be so hygienic, but how dirty can things get?Apparently, shoppers are putting themselves at risk of food poisoning after tests found faecal matter on supermarket trolleys, reports Daily Mail.
A Seven News investigation revealed a trolley and a basket at Aldi and Coles supermarkets in Brisbane tested positive for faecal coliforms although it is not known if the team had also tested other supermarkets for the same thing.
These results have prompted health experts to warn people about the risks of the bacteria.
Biotech Laboratories manager Glen Pinna said faecal coliforms which are found inside warm-blooded animals, such as humans would not make you sick, but if the person who deposited the faecal matter was suffering from food poisoning, which is associated with salmonella, then they are putting others at risk.
“If the person who left this [bacteria] is suffering from a food poisoning complaint then there is a chance those bugs would be on these surfaces,” Mr Pinna told Daily Mail Australia.
“Babies tend to have pooey bottoms and you can’t rely on the hygiene of everyone else.
“You just need to be aware that baskets and trolleys can harbour harmful bacteria.”
Mr Pinna said there were ways people could protect themselves against the risks posed by faecal matter.
“Ready-to-eat food, I mean fruit and vegetables, should always go into plastic bags or paper bags before going into the trolley,” he said.
“The other part people need to be aware after using these trolleys, and if they’re going off to have a sandwich or eat, they really should be washing hands or using one of those alcoholic wipes to sanitise. They should use that before they do anything.
“Chances are they could have bacteria on their hands that could cause food poisoning.”
Mr Pinna said he did not want to spark ‘paranoia’ but stressed it was ‘something people should be aware of”.
Many customer say that they are already sanitising their hands every time they have used a trolley or a shopping basket as they have long questioned the hygiene levels.
At the time of this publication, there has been no update on whether other supermarkets like Woolworths and IGA have similar levels of contamination. Consensus is that all trolleys are just as dirty and that shoppers should be careful regardless of the supermarket brand.