Today we bring you the second part of the series of articles “Germs in the Retail world”. We want to explain the sanitation and hygiene challenges that supermarkets have to face.

In our first article we create an explanatory glossary with all the terms that most resonate these days. If you have not read it yet, we invite you to take a look at it to have a clear perspective on this topic.

ANTIMICROBIAL COMMERCIAL EQUIPMENT

Supermarket baskets and carts

Over the last few years, many studies have been carried out in different countries. They study the quantity of germs in the retail world. Specifically the ones present in these commercial equipment goods.
All of them agree that the amount of pathogens present is much higher than recommended.

1. Study from the University of Arizona, USA - 2011

For this study, 85 carts from four different North American states were analyzed.

72% of these carts showed presence of faecal bacteria. The two most commonly present bacteria turned out to be Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae.

The conclusion of this study is that baskets and grocery carts can carry up to 10 million bacteria.

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2. Study of the American company Reusethisbag.com

This study compares the amount of pathogens present on the carts of different types of supermarkets:

TRADITIONAL SUPERMARKETS

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DISCOUNT SUPERMARKETS

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LARGE SIZE SUPERMARKETS

hypermarket

UPSCALE SUPERMARKETS

Gourmet-supermarket

Results

Microorganisms in traditional supermarkets

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73 356 CFU/in²

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more bacteria

Microorganisms in bathroom knob

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203 CFU/in²

Microorganisms in discount supermarkets

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8 112 CFU/in²

x270

more bacteria

Microorganisms on the toilet flush button

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30 CFU/in²

Microorganisms in large supermarkets

hypermarket

1 006 CFU/in²

x3

more bacteria

Microorganisms on the kitchen counter

cocina-bacterias

361 CFU/in²

Microorganisms in upscale supermarkets

Gourmet-supermarket

28 CFU/in²

x1

more bacteria

Microorganisms on the computer keyboard

keyboard

23 CFU/in²


Microorganisms found

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In general, they are not very dangerous. They are very susceptible to antibiotics like penicillin. Besides, the human body produces an enzyme that directly attacks this type of bacteria.

Traditional supermarket
Discount supermarket
Hypermarket
Upscale supermarket

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In general, they are usually dangerous, since their outer layer is camouflaged and is more difficult to be detected by the human body. They can also cause serious infections and septic shock.

Tradicional supermarket
Discount supermarket
Hypermarket
Upscale supermarket

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Fungi that can grow on the body even on the fingernails. It is usually associated with dermatological infections.

Tradicional supermarket
Discount supermarket
Hypermarket
Upscale supermarket

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Bacteria associated with a variety of infections. They are usually food poisoning causing diarrhea and nausea.

Tradicional supermarket
Discount supermarket
Hypermarket
Upscale supermarket

Conclusions

75%

Carts with gram-negative bacteria harmful to health.

24%

Carts with gram-positive bacteria harmless to health.

1%

Carts with yeasts and bacillus that usually cause skin infections and food poisoning.

3. Study of three supermarkets in Las Palmas de Gran Canarias - 2018

For this study, the handles, baskets and seats of children in 85 cars from seven different supermarkets were analyzed for three months.

Pathogens found:

    • 12 carts infected with Klebsiella pneumoniae bacteria
    • 6 carts infected with Citrobacter freundii bacteria
    • 5 carts with Pseudomonas rhodesiae
    • 4 carts infected with E. coli bacteria
    • 3 carts with Pseudomonas fluorescens

Up to 80% of usual infections are thought to be caused by contact with contaminated surfaces. Many harmful microorganisms can survive on surfaces for hours and even days.

The contamination of supermarket carts comes from direct contact with the hands of many people and through direct contact with raw food.


Overall results

Handles

22 handles

contaminated with coliforms

35 handles

contaminated with Enterobacteriaceae

Child seats

43 seats

contaminated with Enterobacteriaceae

3 seats

with E.Coli

39 seats

contaminated with coliforms

The results show much higher levels of pathogens than in public toilets, airports or shopping centers.

The study concludes that a solution must be found to this extremely high number of bacteria present in carts. For this, they suggest daily disinfection, however, this is utopia for many supermarkets. These do not have staff or space to perform these tasks daily.


SHOPPING BASKET’S SOLUTION

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Advantages of antibacterial handles

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Handle cleanliness even at a microscopic level

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Elimination of possible odors caused by bacteria and fungi

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It avoids stains produced by these organisms

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It preserves the useful life of the plastic, since these microorganisms cannot proliferate in the handles

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Acts against a large number of pathogens

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ANTIBACTERIAL SHOPPING BASKET HANDLES 
THE SAFEST PURCHASE EXPERIENCE FOR YOUR CUSTOMERS


If we take a look at the previously cited studies we see that the bacteria most commonly present in the tested carts are the followings ones.
Our antimicrobial formula works against all of them and many more, eliminating them by 99.9%.

E. coli

✓ Klebsiella pneumoniae

Pseudomonas rhodesiae

Pseudomonas fluorescens

And in our next article ...

Antibacterial solutions in Retail

  • Safety and hygiene measures in supermarkets

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