Lately, in our blog we’ve been discussing public shopping carts and their filthy, germ-encrusted nature. Studies have found that shopping carts are actually dirtier than public bathrooms and can be the carriers of several strains of bacteria and viruses and be smeared with human saliva, mucus, and waste, as well as spoiled raw meat juice and blood. Thankfully, supermarkets are giving their customers the opportunity to use wipes to sanitize the cart’s handle. Unfortunately, this does not address the issue of the area where we put our food—the cart itself. For this reason, we created The Scout, a personal grocery shopping cart that has removable, dishwasher safe baskets. Not only do you have a cart that is strictly your own, but you have control over it’s cleanliness. Our personal grocery shopping carts are convenient to use, folding up compactly when not in use and easy to use at the grocery store, farmer’s market, or anywhere you need a cart. Visit our website to learn more about the Scout Cart and continue reading to learn more about Salmonella and how to protect yourself and your family from this destructive and infectious bacteria.
Salmonella, also known as salmonellosis is a bacterial disease that causes a variety of intestinal infectious diseases and can have other serious effects. Salmonella can cause typhoid fever, food poisoning, gastroenteritis, and enteric fever. Around 1.4 Americans are affected by Salmonellosis and it is responsible for half of bacteria infections. Symptoms of salmonellosis are:
What Does It Come From?
Salmonella lives in the intestines of birds, animals, and humans and usually passes from one species or person to another through fecal matter. It can also come from:
- Uncooked meat, seafood, poultry
- Uncooked or contaminated eggs and raw-egg products
- Fruits and veggies that have been washed with contaminated water
- Lack of hygiene such as not washing hands after using the restroom or changing a diaper
- Pet reptiles or amphibians that carry the bacteria in their gut and on their skin
Typhoid fever is something that is an issue mostly in foreign countries, but can be a result of contracting the salmonella bacteria. Most patients will quickly respond to treatment if they are treated in the early stages of this disease. Initial symptoms of typhoid can include:
- Abdominal pain
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Mental confusion
- Dry cough
As the typhoid progresses the symptoms get more painful and damaging to the body and can lead to death. Thankfully, vaccines are available for those who travel abroad and, as mentioned above, if you receive treatment for Typhoid early, you will be out of harm’s way. Usually, treatment includes powerful antibiotics.
What You Can Do?
We don’t want to scare you, but hope that you are even more aware of the importance of providing a sanitary alternative such as the Scout. There is much in your power to avoid salmonella:
- Wash your hands after using the restroom, before handling food, touching your pet, etcetera
- Do not expose cooked food to raw food
- Cook meats and eggs thoroughly
- Clean your kitchen and replace sponges regularly
- Do not drink water from streams, rivers, or lakes
- Use caution when you own pet reptiles
Salmonella is completely avoidable. We hope this blog has been helpful not only in helping you to be more aware of the possible threat, but also of the means of protecting your family. Stay tuned for more informative blogs and buy your own personal grocery shopping cart online today!