The concern over consuming contaminated food is a frequent worry among customers at restaurants, as many have gained a heightened awareness of Food borne illnesses.
79 million cases of Food borne illness in North America cost the Healthcare system $3.3 billion per year and a major source of these illnesses come from the floors of restaurants and food processing facilitation. Floors are a constant source of cross- contamination as they are moist, contain microorganisms that can survive a long time, they have high foot and vehicle traffic, food is often on them and people average 50 hand contacts per day.
Although parents know that there is nothing on this planet dirtier than a kindergartener, many common everyday items are covered with dirt and germs. Some of these items will be very obvious, like toilet seats, but others may surprise you. Common items that you encounter daily such as doorknobs, touch screens, shopping carts, gas pump handles and playground equipment are some of the dirtiest surfaces you will ever confront. Contact with these public surfaces are unavoidable and no one is willing to invest in the human resources and chemical cleaners needed to decontaminate these public surfaces. Cleanliness may be next to godliness but, despite our good intentions, many surfaces remain filthy and are constant sources of contamination.