TSU Identifies Safer Shopping Practices

When discussing farm-to-fork food safety, it’s common to overlook consumer behavior in the store. Researchers at Tennessee State University report that over 60 percent of surfaces of meat packages are contaminated with meat juice, which transfers to shoppers' hands and grocery carts. While the researchers did not specifically test for the presence of human pathogens in these juices, other studies report a high prevalence of the human pathogens Campylobacter and Salmonella in raw meat juices.