6 of the Germiest Places in the Supermarket
You're going to want to bring some wipes.
The Salad Bar
Barring random acts of contamination
, salad bars and hot food buffets in supermarkets are generally safe, says Lai. The FDA releases a "Food Code" guide every few years, which state and local health authorities typically use to ensure that stores keep foods at the right temperature, avoid cross-contamination and don't leave foods out long enough for bacteria to grow. Still, a 2016 study found that the salad tongs can contain significant levels of E. coli
, so be sure to wash your hands after using them.