Reusable grocery bags: good for environment, bad for you

10:53 PM, Nov 3, 2013   |    comments
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If you are one of the people who actually remembers to bring reusable bags to the store there is new information that may make you think twice about what you put in them.

Hugh Pennington, a professor of bacteriology at Aberdeen University, warns that germs from raw meat are easily transferable to humans. Reusing a bag that transferred raw meat would be like using a cutting board for preparing raw chicken and then vegetables without washing it.

Even washing the bag may not get rid of all the bugs and Pennington suggests that any bags that transfer raw meat should be thrown away. But here are some tips for keeping your reusable bags germ free:

  • Sanitize reusable bags through washing with hot, soapy water once a week
  • Wrap uncooked meat in a plastic bag before placing it in the tote
  • Pick one bag to always use for raw meat and a different bag for produce and other foods
  • DO NOT store the reusable bags in the trunk of the car. Hot temperatures help breed bacteria

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