Saturday, June 26, 2010

Save The Planet, But…

Plastic grocery bags may be the bane of the environment — unless you recycle them — but apparently there’s also a danger in the reusable grocery bags, too.

Reusable grocery bags can serve as a breeding ground for dangerous food-borne bacteria and pose a serious risk to public health, according to a joint food safety research report issued today by researchers at the University of Arizona (Tucson) and Loma Linda University (Loma Linda, California).

The research study – which randomly tested reusable grocery bags carried by shoppers in the Los Angeles area, San Francisco, and Tucson– also found consumers were almost completely unaware of the need to regularly wash their bags.