Occurrence of heterotrophic and coliform bacteria in liquid hand soaps from bulk refillable dispensers in public facilities

Marisa Chattman, Sheri L. Maxwell, Charles P. Gerba

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Abstract

The goal of the study discussed in this article was to determine the occurrence of heterotrophic and coliform bacteria in liquid soap from bulk refutable dispensers, obtained from restrooms in a variety of public facilities. A total of 541 samples was collected from five U.S. cities. Liquid soap from dispensers in public areas was found to contain heterotrophic and coliform bacterial numbers averaging more than 106 CFLU/mL in 24.8% of the dispensers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)26-29
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of environmental health
Volume73
Issue number7
StatePublished - Mar 1 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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