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Keeping Shopping Bags Clean

By Jim Birchard

Will that be plastic or a reusable grocery bag.

Now that most grocery stores are charging five cents for plastic more and more of us are using those reusable bags to lug home our food from the grocery store.

The decline in the use of plastic bags is having a negative impact on companies that manufacture them and that has resulted in a campaign by the plastic industry to try and convince people to begin using them again.

The industry recently published a report stating that those reusable shopping bags were simply loaded with germs and bacteria from all of the raw food products that are placed in them every week.

Everything from e coli to traces of fecal matter were found to be contaminating the bags.

The industry says this shows that the use of reusable shopping bags is somewhat of a health hazard and a lot less sanitary than using plastic bags and continued use of reusable bags will put you and your family's health at risk.

Of course there is a simple solution to this problem.

Every week, after you do your groceries, wash your reusable shopping bags.

Simply throw the bags into the kitchen sink, fill it with hot water and dishwashing detergent and give them a bit of a scrub.

Clean bags, no bacteria and no problem.


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