Welcome back to our blog! In our last several blog posts, we’ve been discussing the sanitary problems that the public shopping carts that we all have probably been using since we can remember face. Going to the grocery store and sitting in the front basket begging mom or dad for a piece of candy is a memory that most of us share. Unfortunately, using grocery carts like we’ve always done for generations is putting ourselves and our family in danger. Not only has human saliva, mucus, and fecal matter—all which carry disease—been found on shopping carts, but E.coli, Salmonella, Staphylococcus, and other germs have also been found on carts as well. Public shopping carts are essentially a petri dish of bacteria and viruses and are actually dirtier than public restrooms: placing your fruits and veggies on a toilet seat of a public bathroom would be more sanitary than using a shopping cart—let that sink in!

The Scout Cart

For this reason, we at Scout Cart created our personal grocery shopping cart. We want to help you protect yourself and your family from germs and the nastiness that is public grocery carts. Our folding shopping cart with swivel wheels folds compactly when not in use and offers the user removable, dishwasher safe baskets so you can guarantee that you are placing your food in a clean basket. Not only do you get control on how clean your cart is, but also, cleaning it is easy. Visit our website to learn more about the Scout and read the last installment of our blog series about the microorganisms that live on shopping carts.

Staphylococcus

Staphylococcus is a type of bacteria that is responsible for a variety of illnesses. Generally, it is found in the skin, hair, noses, and throats of humans and animals. This bacteria can cause food poisoning, as well as skin infections, pneumonia, a severe inflammation of the bones known as osteomyelitis, and endocarditis, the infection of heart valves which can lead to heart failure. If you encounter food poisoning by staphylococcus, you may experience these symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Dehydration

These symptoms can develop six hours after eating the infected food and the illness can last for one to three days if your body heals itself. Unlike Salmonella, those infected with food poisoning are not contagious. To treat this type of food poisoning, it is suggested that you drink plenty of fluids and call your doctor, for you may need antibiotics to fully rid yourself of infection. Though food poisoning is not contagious, other infections caused by Staphylococcus are and can be spread through touching objects that the infected has touched.

 

How Can I Get It?

You can contract food poisoning though foods that are prepared, but do not require additional cooking, such as salads, ham, eggs, tuna, chicken, potatoes, and macaroni. Bakery items with cream-fillings can be suspect, as well as dairy products and poultry.

What Can I Do?

To prevent food poisoning:

  • Wash your hands regularly, after using the restroom and before preparing food.
  • Clean your kitchen and utensils, and replace sponges regularly.
  • Do not prepare food with an open wound or when you have an eye or nose infection.
  • Do not eat food that has been left out for an extended amount of time.

To prevent skin infections and other illness caused by Staphylococcus, use a Scout Cart. As mentioned earlier, you have control over the cleanliness of your cart and you know who has used your cart recently. Though our bodies are naturally equipped to fight bacterias, viruses, and germs, there is no need to needlessly expose yourself and your family. Now that we have educated you as to what is in your shopping cart, the choice is yours. Visit our website to learn more about The Scout, a personal grocery shopping cart that can keep you and your family safe.