Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Back to plastic? Reusable grocery bags may cause food poisoning

Reusable shopping bags vs. plastic bags is bag in the news again this week. A study by The Environment & Plastics Council showed that reusable store bags contain unusually high amounts of yeast, mold, bacteria that could make users very ill.

"But other significant risks include skin infections such as bacterial boils, allergic reactions, triggering of asthma attacks, and ear infections," he stated.

The study found that 64% of the reusable bags tested were contaminated with some level of bacteria and close to 30% had elevated bacterial counts higher than what's considered safe for drinking water.

Further, 40% of the bags had yeast or mold, and some of the bags had an unacceptable presence of coliforms, faecal intestinal bacteria, when there should have been 0.

"The presence of faecal material in some of the reusable bags is particularly concerning," Dr. Summerbell stated. "All meat products should be individually wrapped before being placed in a reusable bag to prevent against leakage. This should become a mandated safety standard across the entire grocery industry."

Beyond, the obvious potential for illness above, recycling bags makes sense from an environmental standpoint during the manfacturing & after life process. Read more about Prism Pak's environmental commitment, along with real, eye-opening, statistics about paper vs. plastic use & recycling, here.

Read the entire article & more study information on this debate:

Read more: http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/theappetizer/archive/2009/05/20/back-to-plastic-reusable-grocery-bags-may-pose-public-health-risk.aspx#ixzz0sF6JMrPW

Back to plastic? Reusable grocery bags may cause food poisoning