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Wed Aug 22, 2018, 09:51 AM

Smartphones, tablets, other PEDs bringing bacteria into the kitchen

Smartphones, tablets and other personal electronic devices, known as PEDs, in the past decade have increasingly been found in the kitchen.

The only trouble is cell phones are well known for harboring bacteria, including “opportunistic human pathogens.” That raises a question because research on pathogen contamination on smartphones in “nonclinical’ settings, including those involving food preparation remains limited.

To fill that void, Amy M. Lando, Michael C. Bazaco, and Yi Chen of the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Nutrition joined together with the research paper “Consumers’s Use of Personal Electronic Devices in the Kitchen.” Published in the Journal for Food Protection, the trio of Food and Drug Administration experts found smartphones, tablets and other PEDs were contaminated with the “bacterial species on fingers of randomly chosen study participants…”

The trio conducted a study of 400 mobile phone users showing users in Nigeria and marketers and food vendors had higher contamination rates than students, teachers and public healthcare workers. They concluded that marketers and food vendors “had inadequate hygiene and sanitary practice.

“Bacteria found on their mobile phones included Staphylococcus, Enterococcus, Escherichia, Klebsiella, and Bacillus,” the trio said. “The level on smartphone screens declined with proper screening of screens.”

https://www.foodsafetynews.com/2018/08/smartphones-tablets-other-peds-bringing-bacteria-into-the-kitchen/

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Response to Gamle-ged (Original post)

Wed Aug 22, 2018, 09:53 AM

1. "The level on smartphone screens declined with proper screening of screens.

So use a proper screener to screen your screens and if need be use a screener screen cleaner to screen.

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Response to freedumb2003 (Reply #1)

Wed Aug 22, 2018, 04:21 PM

3. Who screens the screeners?

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Response to Gamle-ged (Original post)

Wed Aug 22, 2018, 10:02 AM

2. Buy....

...some packs of eye glasses cleaner wipes. They're mostly alcohol, disposable and easy to use. I have to wipe down my sons every couple of days 'cause, well, he's 10 and gross and his tablet will look like he stores it in a bucket of chicken

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