Study Finds Vending Machine Buttons Among Bacteria Contaminated Surfaces In Office Break Rooms

One out of four refrigerator handles, vending machine buttons, and water fountain knobs were also infested. These are among the findings of Kimberly-Clark and the University of Arizona after a research team swabbed 5,000 different parts of kitchens and break rooms in large office buildings, according to MSNBC. For the full story, click here

Editor’s Insight: This report was carried by newspapers and TV stations nationwide. It could have negative consequences for vending operators. Customers will wonder if the vending machines they use are full of bacteria.

Vending operators should remind customers that route drivers regularly clean the vending machines.

Any time researchers look for potential health problems, they are bound to find them. This does not mean that the average vending machine carries bacteria.

Vending operators may find it helpful to provide hand wipes in customer break rooms. 05-25-12 By Elliot Maras