Liquid hand soap in many public toilets is doing the opposite of improving hygiene, CCTV reports.
One sample was found to have 600 times more than the standard amount of bacteria, bringing it up to fast food ice levels of grossness. Experts warned that use of the soap could result in skin irritation and even septicaemia. Li Tao, of the Centre for Disease Control, warned that people with open wounds on their hands should avoid using liquid soap in public toilets as it may cause infection.
Want China Times has more:
The numbers of bacteria in hand sanitizers should be less than 1,000 per gram, according to regulations. A CCTV reporter collected hand sanitizers from several public places in Beijing and sent them for tests, finding that KFC’s Xidan branch, Peking duck restaurant Quanjude’s Wangfujing branch as well as several five-star hotels and several movie theaters, all passed the test with levels of fewer than 10 bacteria per gram, while several restaurants exceeded standards by 30%-90%,
At Terminal 2 of Beijing Capital International Airport, however, CCTV found hand sanitizers contained some 600,000 bacteria per gram, or 600 times the national standard.
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