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USA Today reports that supermarkets are responding to recent studies showing that “riding in a shopping cart beside meat and poultry is risky for infants younger than 6 months,” as much as tripling the likelihood that they contract salmonella and quadrupling the chance they will get campylobacter, a diarrhea illness. The strategies “range from providing sanitary wipes to installing high-tech cart-cleaning systems,” according to the story.

However, there is an argument against the use of such technologies – which is that a cultural obsession with eliminating germs and bacteria has resulted in a generation that has not developed natural immunities, and in fact made it more susceptible to long-term health problems.
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