graeme_p - 7:17 am on Sep 11, 2012 (gmt 0) [edited by: graeme_p at 7:25 am (utc) on Sep 11, 2012]
Lucy, as for it being the same bacteria, I remember reading of a study that showed that there were more faecal bacteria in some parts of the average American household kitchen, than on swabs taken in the toilets.
Partly, no doubt, because people tend to disinfect toilets a lot more strongly, but also (according the the book Fast Food Nation) because of assembly line type meat processing by unskilled workers which leads to botched evisceration, scattering gut contents widely.
Ironically the third world meat I eat is a lot less likely to suffer from this than the product of more sophisticated systems - doing things the old fashioned way means one carcase at a time and skilled workers.
[edited by: graeme_p at 7:25 am (utc) on Sep 11, 2012]