The thing that caught my attention this week was an item called the “Swab Mob”. In this section members of the public are encouraged to write in suggesting places where the show could look for bacteria in order to see if there was a risk to public health. This week the area people wanted to swab was supermarket shopping trolleys and baskets.
Off went the presenters to different supermarkets and there were lots of shots of people rubbing bacteriology swabs on different types of shopping baskets and trolleys; many of the baskets were propped up on the floor. The swabs were sent to a laboratory which cultured bacteria; armed with the results the show then tried to get an authoritative representative to agree that bacteria on shopping baskets was a national scandal.