A reader recently mentioned that she has been advised by a local doctor to wash her reusable bags after each and every use. Doesn't that kind of diminish their environment efficacy she asks, and is there anything in writing about washing the bags so often?
YOUR EDITOR'S RESPONSE: The road to hell is often paved with good intentions. Cross-contamination is indeed a serious issue--per just one of hundreds of studies here -- these are some conclusions and recommendations:
--Consumers almost never wash reusable bags.
--Bacteria were found in 99% of reusable bags tested, but none in new bags or plastic bags.
--Coliform bacteria were found in 51% of the bags tested, with generic E. coli in 8%.
--Bacteria were capable of growth when stored in the trunks of cars.
--A potential risk of bacterial cross-contamination is associated with use of reusable bags to carry groceries.
--Hand or machine washing reduced the numbers of bacteria in reusable bags by 99.9%.
--Instructions should be printed on reusable bags, indicating that they should be washed between uses and that foods that are usually consumed raw should be separated from other food products. AGAIN READ THE ENTIRE REPORT HERE
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