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Study: Reusable Shopping Bags Bring Home Bacteria

Reusable Shopping Bags
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A new study finds most consumers do not wash their reusable shopping bags between trips to the grocery store allowing bacteria to grow.  Yick!  Really though, who would think to wash those bags?  Apparently, not many of us!

The study conducted by University of Arizona Microbiologist Dr. Charles Gerba found large amounts of bacteria in almost all of the reusable shopping bags that were tested.  Coliform bacteria were found in half of those tested.  Eight percent of bags contained E-coli.  The study also found only three-percent of those people with reusable grocery bags actually wash the bags between shopping trips.

The International Association for Food Protection  published the study in a recent issue of Food Protection Trends.  You can find out more about the study at  NewHope360.com.

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