2. Checkout conveyor belts
Do not put your unpacked salad on those! Checkout conveyor belts are extremely dirty—sometimes visibly and a breeding ground for a whole host of unpleasant germs. “The main area for bacteria to harbor is certainly around the registers,” Costello says, citing the fact that they’re such high-traffic areas.
Just think about how many customers are in line at one checkout lane, in a single day. “These areas are touched by multiple customers, employees included, and the conveyor belt is filled with germs and bacteria from food and hands,” Costello warns.