Are your eco-friendly grocery bags a health threat?By Deborah Wilburn
You're trying to do your bit to save the planet by using eco-friendly grocery bags. But if those reusable bags aren't cleaned frequently and properly, you may be putting your family's health at risk for contracting nasty foodborne illnesses, such as salmonella, listeria, and E.coli O157:H7.
A new survey shows that only 15% of Americans regularly wash their reusable grocery bags, according to the Home Food Safety program, a collaboration between the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and ConAgra Foods. Dirty grocery bags create a breeding zone for harmful bacteria that can contaminate your food. Each year, 48 million Americans contract food poisoning from contaminated foods.
So how can your reusable grocery bags make your family sick? "The pathogens on meat and poultry are easily spread because many people, trying to be eco friendly, don't use plastic bags for their vegetables," says Pat Kendall, PhD, RD, associateRead More »from Gross Grocery Bags: Reusable Totes Harbor Bacteria that Can Make You Sick