Reusable Bags May Be Good for the Environment, But May be Dangerous for Your Health 11/4/13
CBS 7 News
November 4, 2013
According to The Huffington Post UK, reusable grocery bags can easily become a breeding ground for germs if the proper precautions are not taken.
Here are 7 Tips The Huffington Post suggests for keeping your reusable bags bacteria free:
1. Sanitize your reusable bags with thorough washing -- machine or hand-washing -- with hot, soapy water. UAís Gerba recommended doing this about once a week, depending on how often you use the totes.
2. Wrap uncooked meat, poultry and fish in individual plastic bags before placing them in the tote. This way you avoid possible contamination from leaky juices.
3. Who doesnít love color-coding? Pick one tote to always use for raw meat, poultry and fish -- fresh or frozen -- and pick another tote for produce and ready-to-eat foods.
4. Do not -- we repeat, do NOT -- store the reusable bags in the trunk of the car, whether they contain food or not. The hot temperature in there means itís a nurturing home for bacteria; in fact, the UA study found that the large numbers of bacteria that tend to live in reusable bags can increase tenfold in a trunk within only two hours.
5. Donít use your reusable bags for other purposes, like carrying your books or your dirty gym clothes (ew).
6. Clean wherever you usually drop your totes when you get back from the grocery (e.g., kitchen counter or table) to prevent cross contamination.
7. Store the reusable bags in a clean, dry place