A question about danish , paper, and germs...

  1. This isn't an earthshaking or vitally important nursing question but I'm curious to know if I'm being a bit overboard in this! Saturday morning I went to the bakery to get my weekend supply of danish and the clerk grabbed each one with a piece of paper, then threw all the papers in the box with the danish! Am I just too goofy for asking her to get all that paper out of the box? All I could think of were creepy-crawly bacteria all over my goodies! The nurse in me kept repeating clean to clean, dirty to dirty, etc! I know it might be standard bakery practice but......... Would love your input! Does this bother anyone else?
  2. 18 Comments

  3. by   moonshadeau
    No, not really and only because I know that in some bakeries things much worse happen on a daily basis.
  4. by   Aneroo
    Nah. I'm pretty laid back with that kind of stuff. Are you a squatter (don't sit on the toilet seat in public) too? So long as they didn't spit on it or pick it up off the floor, I'm ok.
  5. by   truern
    Quote from Aneroo
    Are you a squatter (don't sit on the toilet seat in public) too?
    NOTHING chaps my hide like going to use a bathroom stall and the previous user was a squatter that left pee all over the seat!! Geeze, people!! Lay down some paper or make sure to clean up after yourselves!! ARGH!!
  6. by   Katnip
    It the paper already touched your danish then sitting in there keeping them company probably wouldn't make much difference.
  7. by   emnicams
    If THAT bothered you, you should NEVER eat in a restaurant again. EVER. Former waitress here, and I've seen some things in the kitchen that would probably give you a stroke. LOL.
  8. by   Whispera
    You're worried about the sides of the papers that touched the clerk's hand? If the clerk hasn't washed the hands, you have a point!
  9. by   herecomestrouble
    Quote from moonshadeau
    No, not really and only because I know that in some bakeries things much worse happen on a daily basis.

    great,thanks so now I'll be baking all my own cookies,cakes and danish and after the other comment about restaraunts I'll be cooking all my meals at home too
  10. by   TheCommuter
    I wouldn't give a rat's behind if the clerk touched the bakery paper and it ended up in the same little bag as my baked goods. Food is not sterile. Our GI tracts are not sterile.

    Our stomachs produce hydrochloric acid, which is so acidic that it will kill most microbes that we have swallowed. Therefore, a little "dirt" won't hurt most of us.
  11. by   herecomestrouble
    it's not so much the actual germs it's the thought that got to me.YUCH!
  12. by   Katnip
    Commuter is absolutely right. Besides, that's what we have immune systems for.

    Every day, we're out there touching things that dozens of other people have touched in one way or another. I wouldn't worry about it.
  13. by   Whispera
    While I agree that food is not sterile, our GI tracts are not sterile, and HCl can destroy a whole kit and kaboodle of little creepy-crawlies...that doesn't protect us from everything...Let's say the clerk used the bathroom before giving you your donuts...

    There is such a thing as food-borne illness...

    toileting....no handwashing....doorknob and other-thing touching...no gloving...picking up paper with dirty hand...putting paper in with donuts so touched side touches other donuts...you eat the donut....

    Anyway, I don't think it's necessary to get carried away on this, but it sure is worth thinking through!
  14. by   Aneroo
    Quote from Whispera

    There is such a thing as food-borne illness...
    And the dude in line behind you could have the flu or pertussis...

    If you wanna freak out over something in the restaurants, don't worry about the workers not washing hands after using the bathroom. Freak out over them handling money and then messing with your food. You'd be amazed at where money ends up (ask any guys who has ever gone to a strip club).