3 On Your Side
3 On Your Side

Dining out? Don't touch the menu!

Posted: Updated:
(Source: 3TV) (Source: 3TV)
(3 ON YOUR SIDE) -

It's probably something most consumers don't really think about, the cleanliness of menus and other stuff on the table.

But after what 3 On Your Side discovered maybe you should think about it.

"We maybe go out like once a week or so."

It's something most consumers say they like to do.

"I go out about once a week."

Going out for a meal is a treat but it also comes with a reasonable expectation.

"Cleanliness is a big item for us."

And it should be a priority, but just how clean are certain restaurant items..

"We found a lot of stuff."

The 3 On Your Side team visited several Valley restaurants and while we were inside, we swabbed things that customers usually touch when they sit down.

Menus for example, condiments like salt and pepper shakers and ketchup bottles.

What did we find?

"There was bacteria on everything, so everything had a significant amount of bacteria growing on it."

Brandon Guida is a germ expert at Mesa Community College.

"We actually found a lot of staph, probably about fifty percent of what we found was staph. The grossest thing we found was mold, so some fungus that we found."

Well that really may not be the grossest thing he found.

"The worse one I could say that we found was a species of staph called saprophyticus, and this one is actually more associated more with the female urinal genital tract. We don't know if this is where this came from but we do know that according to sources that this organism causes a high percentage of urinary tract infections in females."

Yeah you heard right, that particular organism was found on a menu we had swabbed.

"Personally from a scientific standpoint I was not surprised, it's kind of what I expected to see."

Really?! Well, most consumers might be surprised.

But, this germ expert said you shouldn't be because many items we touch, whether it's the salt shaker, a menu or ketchup bottle, are going to contain bacteria.

However, our immune system is usually strong enough to overcome any illness.

"You're ingesting everything that's on your fingers, on your lips, your mouth is full of bacteria, so every time you swallow you're constantly swallowing bacteria."

Hey, I guess mom was always right, it's a good idea to wash your hands before you eat, and try not to touch so many things after wash them.

  • Recent 3 On Your Side storiesMore>>

  • 3 On Your Side

    Smart devices: Do you own what you buy?

    Smart devices: Do you own what you buy?

    Saturday, February 4 2017 9:52 AM EST2017-02-04 14:52:25 GMT
    Consumers are app crazy, and not only to control temps or lights. They're unlocking doors and maybe even seeing what's inside the fridge. (Source: Alexander Kirch via 123RF)Consumers are app crazy, and not only to control temps or lights. They're unlocking doors and maybe even seeing what's inside the fridge. (Source: Alexander Kirch via 123RF)

    "Oftentimes, the companies that make these products insist that even though you might own the physical object, you don't own the software code inside of it," he said. "And that code is really fundamental to the operation of those products."

    More >

    "Oftentimes, the companies that make these products insist that even though you might own the physical object, you don't own the software code inside of it," digital rights specialist and author Aaron Perzanowski said. "And that code is really fundamental to the operation of those products."

    More >
  • 3 On Your Side

    Did you get a 'free cruise' robocall? You may be eligible for $900!

    Did you get a 'free cruise' robocall? You may be eligible for $900!

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 9:15 PM EDT2017-08-17 01:15:08 GMT

    Information about a robocall settlement has been trending on social media and a lot of consumers are wondering it's legitimate. It is true! Open the story to find out what you have to do to get your money.

    More >

    Information about a robocall settlement has been trending on social media and a lot of consumers are wondering it's legitimate. It is true! Open the story to find out what you have to do to get your money.

    More >
  • 3 On Your Side

    Viewing the solar eclipse: The blind truth

    Viewing the solar eclipse: The blind truth

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 1:20 AM EDT2017-08-16 05:20:27 GMT
    And if you don't buy solar eclipse glasses that are approved, you could have a big problem. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)And if you don't buy solar eclipse glasses that are approved, you could have a big problem. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    If you don't buy solar eclipse glasses that are approved, you could have a big problem.

    More >

    If you don't buy solar eclipse glasses that are approved, you could have a big problem.

    More >
Contact 3 On Your Side