In a recent article written by the Children's Hospital in Boston, there is no doubt that reusable grocery bags are great for the environment with less plastic and paper wasted. However, you might be surprised to find out just how sick they can make you and your family.
They discuss how the recent outbreaks of e. coli have been blamed on lettuce and bison meat, but most people don't think about the all the bacteria in the reusable bag that come in contact with the eveyday food items that you and your family eat.
Did you ever take the kids to daycare and forget their bag, so you just simply throw all their things into a reusable grocery bag that had been left in the trunk? Or forget your gym bag and just throw you socks and gym clothes in the reusable bag left in the car? The bacteria and germs like e. coli and salmonella, in the reusable bags can cause very serious illnesses, and can even be fatal.
Granted, they are convenient and good for the environment, however, they must be properly maintained. The real danger in juices dripping from raw meat, unpasteurized dairy coming in contact with raw fruits and vegetables.
The blog states to keep these bags clean and germ free, make sure you wash them at least once a week or use a good disinfectant.
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