Scientists reckon that the germiest things in a restaurant aren’t the menus, the loos or fridge handles… but the pepper shakers.

But, weirdly, the same can’t be said for salt shakers.


Science doesn’t quite know why but germs just love pepper.

However, Dr Charles Gerba, a University of Arizona microbiologist, told that the reason could be that pepper is a plant-based product.

“E. coli loves to grow there,” he said.

It also doesn’t help that usually, staff tend to only wipe the table between customers and, more often than not, not giving the shakers or whatever else was on the table the same treatment.

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