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Only 15% of Americans regularly wash their reusable grocery bags, creating a breeding zone for harmful bacteria, including Norovirus, Salmonella, and E. coli.
Regular washing reduces the numbers of bacteria in reusable bags by 99.9%.
Learn more at: www.foodsafety.gov
Many people now use reusable bags for grocery shopping as a way of protecting the environment and in some cases, saving money when stores charge for plastic bags. Since plastic shopping bags are not biodegradable, they can pollute the environment for years because they do not breakdown naturally.
Unfortunately, there is a potential risk of food contamination and illness due to continuous use of unclean reusable grocery bags. Meat, poultry juices, and soil from unwashed produce can cause shopping bags to become contaminated.
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