How Healthy are Reusable Bags?

Another point raised in some blogs, emails and letters to the editor is about the cleanliness and health of reusable bags.

A study done in June 2010 by the University of Arizona in Tucson and Loma Linda University in California presented evidence of various forms of bacteria such as E. coli in reusable shopping bags.

Not as many people, however, seem to know about a study done by Consumer Reports (CR) in response that reveals some interesting findings about the Arizona and Loma Linda study.

  • For starters, it was funded by the American Chemical Council, the advocacy group for plastics manufacturers.
  • And, CR found no strains of Salmonella and Listeria nor any E. coli that could make one sick. In fact, Michael Hansen, senior staff scientist at Consumers Union noted, “A person eating an average bag of salad greens gets more exposure to these bacteria than if they had licked the insides of the dirtiest bag from this study. These bacteria can be found lots of places, so no need to go overboard.”

But, read more about the Consumer Reports study and make up your own mind.

POSTED AT: Friday, January 20, 2012 | 5:40:00 AM |
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