And drinkers dipping into bowls of nibbles on pub counters could be picking up more than peanuts, the food safety minister, Jeff Rooker, warned.
At the launch of National Food Safety Week, organised by the Food and Drink Federation, Mr Rooker said bowls of crisps, peanuts and mints in bars and restaurants were all potential health hazards from which consumers could pick up bugs.
He added: "You don't know where the sticky fingers that have been in the bowl before you have been."
In a poll conducted for the FDF last year, 6 per cent of adults claimed to have felt unwell after eating. The survey also found that 35 per cent of adults and 53 per cent of children admitted not washing their hands before touching food.Reuse content