- Publish Date
- Wednesday, 4 October 2017, 2:05PM
If you're someone who only uses reusable shopping bags when getting the groceries - you're awesome.
We appreciate you helping the environment.
But we have some bad news.
The Food Standards Agency in America have just released a warning for shoppers, saying reusable bags pose a food poisoning risk.
A recent study, by University of Arizona and Loma Linda University, found that almost all reusable bags randomly selected from customers entering a grocery store contained large amounts of bacteria.
What's even more disgusting is nearly half contained coliform bacteria, and 12% contained E. Coli.
Following the study, the FSA is now encouraging shoppers to use separate bags for raw meat, ready-to-eat food and non-food items.
Posting on their website, the FSA also advised shoppers to:
- Wrap raw meat packages in a separate, disposable plastic bag, and throw out the bag as soon as you get home.
- Regularly wash reusable bags between uses to reduce bacteria. When washed, either by machine or by hand, the amount of bacteria was reduced by more than 99.9 percent.
- Avoid storing reusable bags in the car or another hot place, as bacteria spreads more quickly here; store in a cool, dry place instead.
They also suggested colour coding the bags to help you keep raw items separate.