Safe to touch grocery store items?

Posted on: Thu, 05/31/2012 - 7:14am
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Perhaps this is more border line O.C.D, but does anyone have issues touching items in stores? Obviously, one would avoid bags of peanuts or peanut butter; but, having worked in a grocery store as a stock boy, should you avoid touching things these "stock boy's" have touched?

I never had any food allergies when I worked as a stock boy, nor did I even think about such things. I often would touch bags of peanuts, then fruit, then chips, whatever product needed to be done - only after would I wash my hands. With this in mind, should we be concerned about items found in stores? The same way we avoid eating at non-peanut free tables, etc. Is it not possible that an store employ could eat a peanut butter sandwich then stock peanut-free foods?

Forgive me if I'm going a bit overboard, but some clarification would be amazing! I've always had issues with general anxiety so sometimes my realistic anxieties and my tendency to worry overlap.

Thanks in advance. G-D Bless.

Posted on: Fri, 07/20/2012 - 5:03am
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Prior to my daughter having a reaction in the grocery store, it never occurred to me that grocery stores were dangerous. The allergist determined she must have gotten some nut contaminates on her hands, then she ate something. Luckily she just got hives. Still needed an er trip and an epi shot. We've just changed our grocery habits. No eating in a grocery store. Never had another problem.

Posted on: Tue, 09/04/2012 - 3:31am
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I have definitely thought about issues at the grocery store!! Around the holidays when certain stores put out the unpackaged nuts I stop going to those stores. I told the manager my concerns but they did not make any changes. I also wash fruits and veggies very well before eating incase anyone touched them. Also, I wash my hands a lot! Especially after touching packaging of products, and definitely before I eat anything.
There needs to be more awareness of food allergy so people understand the risks of say stocking nuts and then stocking apples. Same thing with restaurants.

Posted on: Thu, 09/20/2012 - 3:19am
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We have a rule. No touching your face at the grocery store. The minute we are back in the car I use hand sanitiser on everyone! Assume peanut residue is everywhere. Also this no touching your face rule comes in handy in cold and flu season!

Posted on: Thu, 09/20/2012 - 3:53am
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I'm more concerned about food that was touched by a stock boy if it was a grocery store that had bulk food/nuts in it.
I always wash my food with veggie soap before eating, and since it's me doing the cooking and prep and the husband with the bad allergies we don't worry as much as he isn't coming in contact with the food anyways.
We haven't had a problem yet, but that doesn't mean there wouldn't be a chance. I can understand the paranoia, and it really bothers me that the stores have started putting signs out in the deli, produce, and bakery areas that are a general warning that they cannot guarantee any food hasn't come into contact with allergens. Allergens can mean anything! I get it more for the bakery, but the vegetables?

Posted on: Thu, 09/20/2012 - 3:54am
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Great rule!

Posted on: Sun, 02/17/2013 - 3:41pm
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i think their is nothing wrong to touch items in the store if their is no sign Don't Touch. in fact, customers or clients today are very wise and can differentiate what are those items that can be touch or hold even without such remarks or notice. besides, if it's really not allowed to be touch or hold, it's better that the store or owner will put sign ads and just to be safe for everybody.

Posted on: Fri, 02/22/2013 - 4:22am
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I too worry about this very issue, but I have very good reason. At 2 different locations of the same grocery store I've witnessed a bagger after bagging my groceries go into his apron and pull out an almond joy he had been eating. Was an older gentleman as well not a kid. I immediately notified the manager of the store.
Also at another store I put my stuff on the convery belt and I get to the cashier (again older, not younger) and she's eating a Recees peanut butter cup. I quickly grabbed my stuff before she could touch anything and went to the next register. She comes over with a dirty look and goes to bag I told her to stay away and don't touch anything i have a peanut allergy. I was trying not to be dramatic, but I suffer day in and day out with multiple allergies (I live on rice and ground beef), chemical sensitivities, etc.. just the slightest thing can really mess me up.
I worry, whether OCD or for very good reason EVERYWHERE I go, which isn't far anymore. I used to occasionally walk at the park till someone threw peanut shells there and I noticed to late after walking through them. Now I don't wear those shoes nor even go to the park anymore, which I really miss.

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