Category: malls

E. coli found on 50 percent of shopping carts

Researchers from the University of Arizona swabbed shopping cart handles in four states looking for bacterial contamination. 72 percent turned out to have a marker for fecal bacteria. Upon closer inspection of the samples, researchers discovered Escherichia coli (E. coli), on 50 percent of them.

“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.”

(via msnbc.com)

Cutback to cleaners hours put shoppers health at risk

Filthy conditions in Melbourne’s biggest retail centres could expose Christmas shoppers to bad bacteria.

The cleaners’ union, United Voice, claims gift hunters are at risk when the same mops are being used to clean toilets and food areas, and food court tables are wiped down with the same cloth and water for over two hours.

Cleaners at many of the biggest shopping centres fear cutbacks to their hours have left them too little time to do their jobs and will leave Victorian’s exposed to a pre-Christmas epidemic.

(via Herald Sun)