The shopping cart, the seemingly harmless conveyor of merchandise around the store, is apparently more dangerous than one might suspect. Over the past several years, evidence has been mounting that, given the thousands of hands that push it every week, the many babies and children who sit inside it, and the potential for meat and poultry juices to drip on it, the shopping cart is a more-than-ordinary source of germs. Left unsanitized, some researchers say, the cart can potentially threaten ...

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