Shop til you drop…

June 25, 2010

…from an infection, yikes.

Feeling a tad queasy just reading this report on how of 84 reusable shopping bags tested by researchers at the University of Arizona and Loma Linda University, nearly every bag was laden with bacteria, 50 percent of them showed evidence of coliform bacteria (indicating potential raw-meat or uncooked food contamination) and 12 percent featured E. coli.

Shopping shouldn’t make you sick. Add machine or hand washing your super cute reuseable shoppers (we personally love the ones from Blue Q such as this little number here) to the top of your to-do list.

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5 Comments Leave a Comment

  • 1. Leila  |  June 25, 2010 at 10:28 AM

    I guess you can never win. Soon there will be a report that the water used to wash re-usable bags is too much! :)

    p.s. Karen, don’t know if you like Kashi bars, but if you go to kashi.ca you can get a $2 coupon sent to you. And I don’t even work for them!

    have a great one.

  • 2. Ellen  |  June 25, 2010 at 10:32 AM

    After seeing a report on the news once, I machine wash out bags regularly.

    Good article!

  • 3. miriam  |  June 28, 2010 at 12:16 PM

    This is just mortifying. I used those small reusable Lululemon bags as lunch bags. I put my food in there! I’m washing all these bags tonight!

  • 4. healthandswellness  |  June 28, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    Me, too! And when I do groceries, I certainly don’t separate out meats, and use the same bag over and over. (shudder)

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