Have you shopped in a retail store lately? Dined in a fast food restaurant recently? If so, it is quite likely that you have encountered a festival of fecal contamination. Seriously. A new study in the International Journal of Food Microbiology and an investigation by Good Morning America have uncovered some very disturbing facts about the places where many of us regularly eat and shop. As Americans, we prefer to think that our public places are clean and healthy, but that is very much not true. In fact, after learning what has been found, you may never look at retail stores or fast food restaurants the same way again.
For example, a microbiologist hired by Good Morning America found evidence of feces, vaginal secretions and even diarrhea causing viruses when it took cultures from brand new clothes purchased at popular retail stores in New York City.
The research for Good Morning America was conducted by Dr. Philip Tierno, the director of microbiology at New York University.
According to Tierno, when you visit the dressing room of a retail establishment and try on clothes that someone else has tried on, you are sharing more than clothes with them….
“In a sense you are touching someone else’s armpit or groin.”
Okay that is just gross.
But eating in a fast food restaurant could be even worse.
According to a study published in the January issue of the International Journal of Food Microbiology, nearly half of the 90 beverages from soda fountain machines in one area in Virginia tested positive for coliform bacteria – which could indicate possible fecal contamination.
Not only that , but researchers also found antibiotic-resistant microbes and E.coli in the soda samples.
Fecal contamination, E.coli and antibiotic-resistant microbes?
Perhaps it is time to pass on the soda next time around.
The 90 beverages that were tested were from 30 fast food restaurants in a 22-mile radius around the city of Roanoke in southern Virginia.
But the truth is that there is no reason to believe that the results would not be the same in other areas of the United States.
The truth is that Americans are not as clean as they used to be, and workers in retail establishments and fast food restaurants could really care less if their facilities are sanitary.
Around the world Americans are beginning to get a reputation for not being clean, and the truth is that more than ever we are wallowing in our own filth.
If you really must try on clothes in a retail store or dine in a fast food restaurant, then wash up well after you get home and take your vitamins.
It is a dirty world out there and it is only going to get dirtier. Do what you can to protect your family.