Things Supermarkets Don’t Clean as Much as They Should


With lockdown conditions in countries around the world due to COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of the nation’s daily routines have come to a halt with activities such as food shopping and keeping to the bare minimum.

Supermarkets are severely busy places and are crowded with products and things touched by many people. While dealers are doing their best to aid shoppers, buyers are left wondering about the probability of exposure to the virus when doing their shopping.

Here are the things supermarkets are not cleaning well as they should.

Food for Thought

You always want your local supermarkets neat and clean, especially your food. But usually, supermarkets are big enough that it is difficult to maintain cleanliness.

Supermarkets are filled with sundry people, which bring different germ and bacteria from their homes, workplaces, cars, and more.

These people are congregated around areas full of food,  not only touching food, but touching the carts, shelves, and self-checkouts.


Carts are the dirtiest things in supermarkets or grocery stores.  Cart handles, which you spend most of your grocery trip clutching, don’t get cleaned nearly as often as they should.

According to Derek Hales, the Editor-in-Chief of Modern Castle, who spent three years working at a popular Midwestern supermarket, “In my three years at the grocery store, I never once witnessed any employee significantly clean any cart. Our only instructions were to remove any bags, items, or papers left behind. The carts were never cleaned beyond that.

It is suggested to take some wipes and hand sanitizer with you when going out for shopping.

Checkout Conveyor Belts

Conveyor belts can be dirty- sometimes.

The main area for bacteria to the harbor is around the registers; you may ever notice that there are many people in a single lane that touch these belts. So, the germs transfer from their hands to these belts.

These areas are touched by multiple customers, employees included, and the conveyor belt is filled with germs and bacteria from food and hands.

The Register Area

The register area is an obvious spot for germs, and sometimes even looks grimy; they may be cleaned more regularly than some areas that don’t look as unclean.

According to Hale, “I don’t recall anyone ever cleaning any other portion of the register or bagging area (except perhaps the item scanning base).”

Dairy Cases

We often think that supermarkets take care of the places where they keep their food. But according to the research of various people, it is not often the case.

According to celebrity Devin Alexander, who frequently checks for food safety, finds the lack of maintenance in dairy areas, particularly concerning.  In 2018, she remembered frequently smelling something groovy on milk cartons that she was using long before their expiration dates.  After returning to the store where she purchased them and identifying the same smell in the entire dairy section, “I realized…there had been a spill in that section of the milk shelf,” she told Reader’s Digest. “I reported it to the manager a number of times, and they said they’d ‘handle it.’ And didn’t.”

Meat Slicers

According to food safety management, all the food contact surfaces should be cleaned at least every four hours while they are in use.

According to certified food safety professional Kathie Heil, “It should also be spot-cleaned as required during the day and at the end of each day.”

According to a 2016 report study, more than half of the tested meat slicers at delis weren’t being cleaned often enough to meet cleanliness standards.

She also warns, “Contaminated meat slicers are more likely to spread foodborne pathogens.”


You may not expect cleanliness from any public bathrooms situated in supermarkets, shopping malls, hospitals, and other public places. In many bathrooms situated in supermarkets, the only materials supplied to supermarkets for cleaning bathrooms is a basic spray cleaner (unclear what is even in it), a mop and bucket. It is also reported that employees did their best to clean bathrooms, but public bathrooms are disgusting….even at their most clean.

Cleaning Equipment

Have you ever noticed that the cleaning equipment such as mops and vacuums are not self-cleaned?  For example, if cleaning equipment such as mops and vacuums are not clean and sanitized, they can spread contamination and germs to all the things they touch.

Grocery Shelves

Grocery shelves contain a lot of items on them so it is very difficult to see anything beyond the right front of the shelves.  Grocery stores always want their shelves full of items. Unfortunately, that can lead to the inner depths of those shelves being less than clean—even though they’re still holding food that people will probably end up buying. We should always keep in mind that it may have been a while since those shelves have been scrubbed clean.


Think about how many people troop across supermarket floors, coming in from the outdoors from all kinds of weather. Unfortunately, the level of cleaning that those floors get doesn’t always match up to the amount of foot traffic.  Needless to say, when hundreds of people trample something every day, it’s going to get pretty nasty.  Yet we still see customers picking dropped produce up off the floor and returning it to the shelf all the time. If something falls to the floor, anywhere, consider it a lost cause.

Originally posted 2020-04-03 22:37:52. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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