Have you ever been to the grocery store and started munching on samples or some of the items from your own shopping cart? Well if you have, now would probably be a good time to stop. A recent University of Arizona study examined 85 shopping carts at random and found that 72% of the sample contained fecal matter and more than 50% tested positive for E. coli. In other words, there are likely more bacteria on your shopping cart than there are in the grocery store bathroom.
While most grocery stores now freely dispense antibacterial spray or wipes by companies such as Clorox and Kimberly-Clark, clearly more protection is needed. For grocers that continue to struggle with pricing wars, inflation, and increasing competition from the likes of Wal-Mart
While I haven't been encouraged by many of Winn-Dixie's
While this isn't the holy grail that will finally get Winn-Dixie headed in the right direction, I certainly like the initiative by management to tackle an issue that only became larger as a result of this recent study. Unlike upscale grocers such as Whole Foods Market
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