Where Are the Most Germs in Restaurants?

by | January 10, 2013 at 11:26 AM | Food, Health


Neither the bathroom nor the kitchen top the list. 

By Brandon Ballenger, MoneyTalksNews.com

ABC News recently did a sneaky study of germs at 10 different restaurants. The results are surprising. The top three germ-infested locations:

RELATED: 7 Ways to Radically Reduce Your Restaurant Checks

3. Lemon Wedges

One of the most frequently occurring contaminants in the test results was fecal matter. Half of the lemon wedges tested were tainted with human waste.

How does fecal matter get on lemons in the first place? Cameras caught restaurant workers grabbing lemons with their bare hands, reaching in again and again without gloves or tongs. If they haven’t washed their hands well after using the bathroom, germs spread.

RELATED: 15 Ways to Save on Dining Out

2. Menus

[Reporter Elisabeth] Leamy found the bacteria that cause staph infections on one, and the germs that cause strep throat on another.

RELATED: How to Get Half-Off Restaurant Meals While Traveling

1. Seats

Seventy percent of the chair seats Leamy tested had bad bacteria on them — 17 different kinds, including strains of E. coli. Why? All customers sit on them, and most restaurants don’t think to sanitize them.

So wash your hands right before and after you eat.

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.