21 Oct '11, 1pm

Germs in Reusable Bags: Should you worry?

Germs in Reusable Bags: Should you worry?

If you’ve made the switch to reusable shopping bags to make your lifestyle more environmentally responsible, how often do you toss them in the washing machine? Chances are, not regularly. A study from the University of Arizona and Loma Linda University in California found that most people who bring their own bags to the grocery store don’t wash or clean them regularly – and the researchers also discovered a large number of bacteria present in the reusable bags. So should you be concerned about microorganisms breeding in your reusable bags? Of the 84 reusable shopping bags collected from cities in California and Arizona, slightly more than half of the bags contained coliform bacteria, which indicates contamination by raw meats or other uncooked food products, the report states. The researchers detected E. coli bacteria in 12 percent of the bags. Only 3 percent of the shoppe...

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