from the grocery cart to the melons in the produce aisle, grocery shopping can be a breeding ground for germs. here are several precautions you can take – both at the grocery store and at home – to help keep you and your family safe.
- Sanitize your shopping cart
Indirect contact with sick people – such as touching the same cart someone with a cold used earlier – is an easy way to get sick.
- Wash your reusable bags
- Skip the free samples– watch out when:
- The food looks old
- There’s no staff person
- Poor food preparation
- You haven’t washed your hands
- Select produce carefully
Fresh produce can be covered with germs when people touch and squeeze the product. Look out for cotton-like substance and fuzz. Bruises and tears can be entryways for bacteria. Remember to wash your produce under free-flowing water before eating it – even if it says it’s prewashed.
- Watch where you place your groceries – and your kids
Don’t put perishables in the seat compartment because children often sit there, making the area a breeding ground for germs
- Check the dates, especially meat and dairy – check its expiration date to make sure the product is still safe to consume. According to the FDA, the “sell-by” date tells the store how long to display a product, the “best if used by” date tells the consumer when the flavor is best, and the “use-by” date is the last date recommended to use the product while it’s at peak quality.
- Select prepared foods carefully. If you’re purchasing cold food, such as chopped melon or prepackaged lettuce, it should be maintained at 41 or degrees or below.
- Cover all your food. Place all your produce and raw foods in bags – if you want to go green, pick up some reusable produce bags – because checkout counters’ conveyor belts are covered in germs.
read article on Yahoo! Shine by Laura Moss for Mother Nature Network: 8 Ways to Make Grocery Shopping More Sanitary