Mobile Devices, Friend or Foe?
Dirtier than a Toilet Seat!
Excerpts from “Food Safety Scoop”
Yavapai County Food Safety Industry Council
A Study by the University of Arizona found that cell phones carry 10 times more bacteria than most toilet seats. E.coli, salmonella, norovirus, staph and gonorrhea are a few examples of the bacteria and viruses identified on PEDs (Personal Electronic Devices).
A survey was conducted by the FDA in collaboration with the USDA to investigate the issue. The conclusion was found the the link between PEDs and the potential cross contamination of microorganisms reflects the hand washing and sanitizing behaviors of the food handlers.
Being vigilent about hand washing and sanitizing all equipment and surfaces (including PED screens) between uses is a positive step toward eliminating the potential hazard.
Screen wipes or touchscreen-safe antimicrobial spray and microfiber cloths help reduce the grown of harmful bacteria.