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FlaGator
09-28-2010, 11:56 AM
It was only a matter of time before someone was going to figure this out. I'm just surprised it took people so long...



DENVER -- They are good for the environment, but reusable grocery bags are also a breeding ground for bacteria.


Many responsible shoppers carefully choose their groceries and put them into the same cloth or plastic bags over and over again on every trip to the store.

“Did you ever wash your grocery bags?” asked Call7 Investigator Theresa Marchetta. http://tags.bluekai.com/site/1932


“Um, no! I never wash my plastic bags or my paper bags," responded a 7NEWS colleague.


Marchetta could not find anyone who regularly cleaned their reusable bags.

“Do you ever think to wash the bags?” Marchetta asked another colleague.

“No. Not really,” the other worker replied, laughing.


The CALL7 Investigators tested several reusable bags used by 7NEWS colleagues and another from a woman going into a Denver grocery store.


Marchetta brought the lab results to Dr. Michelle Barron, the infectious disease expert at the University of Colorado Hospital.


"Wow. Wow. That is pretty impressive," said Barron.

Barron examines lab results for a living.

Oh my goodness! This is definitely the highest count," Barron commented while looking at the bacteria count numbers.


She admitted she was shocked at what was found at the bottom of the bags.

"We're talking in the million range of bacteria," she said.

Marchetta used swabs provided by a local lab to test several grocery bags for bacteria, mold and yeast.


Three of the samples had relatively low bacteria counts, posing little risk of causing illness.


Two were in the moderate range, posing some risk, according to Barron.


Two other bags had extremely high counts -- 330,000 to nearly 1 million colonies of bacteria.


Story is here (http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/25181234/detail.html)

Rockntractor
09-28-2010, 12:19 PM
The earth breeds bacteria.

Wei Wu Wei
09-28-2010, 12:27 PM
I usually cook my food

Gingersnap
09-28-2010, 12:36 PM
I throw mine in the wash once a month or so. ;)

FlaGator
09-28-2010, 12:39 PM
I usually cook my food

Do you cook your bread after you transfer the bacteria from the bread bag to the slice of bread when you are making a sammich? How about the package of ham or cheese?

noonwitch
09-28-2010, 12:48 PM
I don't use them.


I get plastic bags, and re-use them for many things, including lining the paperbaskets.

lacarnut
09-28-2010, 12:57 PM
I don't use them.


I get plastic bags, and re-use them for many things, including lining the paperbaskets.

Same here. Like George Carlin said "the planet is fine", it's the people that are screwed up.

Gingersnap
09-28-2010, 01:10 PM
I hate those plastic bags so the reusable canvas ones suit me: no trash and you can really load them up so fewer bags to haul.

Eco-Virtue is just a bonus. :D

Rockntractor
09-28-2010, 01:23 PM
I hate those plastic bags so the reusable canvas ones suit me: no trash and you can really load them up so fewer bags to haul.

Eco-Virtue is just a bonus. :D

I make them pack them in plastic anyway and use it for a liner.

linda22003
09-28-2010, 01:50 PM
I hate those plastic bags so the reusable canvas ones suit me: no trash and you can really load them up so fewer bags to haul.

Eco-Virtue is just a bonus. :D

I was wondering which side would win on this for you - the OCD side or the crunchy side. :D

Arroyo_Doble
09-28-2010, 01:52 PM
Plastic bags grow on trees. I see them ready for harvest all over the city every winter.

Gingersnap
09-28-2010, 01:58 PM
I was wondering which side would win on this for you - the OCD side or the crunchy side. :D

It was a true win-win for me. :p

Calypso Jones
09-28-2010, 02:51 PM
well this makes sense. Now consider your clothes basket.

noonwitch
09-28-2010, 03:55 PM
Plastic bags grow on trees. I see them ready for harvest all over the city every winter.



They do that in Detroit, too. Our telephone and electric wires grow pairs of shoes, too.

Nubs
09-28-2010, 04:03 PM
Use paper bags, they are a renewable resource.

Gingersnap
09-28-2010, 05:31 PM
well this makes sense. Now consider your clothes basket.

Unless you're dripping meat juices or leaky dairy products on your laundry, I'm pretty sure you're good to go.

jendf
09-28-2010, 05:48 PM
I throw mine in the wash once a month or so. ;)

I know someone who washes them after every grocery trip. :rolleyes: Life it too short people.

I love using my reusable bags when I can remember to take them into the store with me. As it stands now, they more often than not sit in my trunk and I always end up with plastic bags. :o

Gingersnap
09-28-2010, 06:01 PM
I know someone who washes them after every grocery trip. :rolleyes: Life it too short people.

I love using my reusable bags when I can remember to take them into the store with me. As it stands now, they more often than not sit in my trunk and I always end up with plastic bags. :o

Once a month is enough. I try to put them back out in the car the minute I put the groceries away.

Odysseus
09-28-2010, 06:02 PM
I usually cook my food
Reminds me of a golfing comment. I was escorting some VIPs through the Senate when I was a junior officer and we stopped in the gift shop, which has a lot of golfing supplies, including a ball washer. One of them, a NY State Supreme Court Judge, asked me what it was, and I told him that it was for washing balls. He asked me if I had one, and I replied that I preferred to shower.

I get paper and plastic, one inside the other. That way, I know that I'm pissing off an environmentalist by using a non-renewable resource and killing a tree simultaneously.

Calypso Jones
09-28-2010, 06:05 PM
Unless you're dripping meat juices or leaky dairy products on your laundry, I'm pretty sure you're good to go.

I'm thinking towels, undies, sheets, cleaning rags.

Gingersnap
09-28-2010, 06:06 PM
I'm thinking towels, undies, sheets, cleaning rags.

This is why God invented bleach.

Bubba Dawg
09-28-2010, 07:24 PM
I don't use them.


I get plastic bags, and re-use them for many things, including lining the paperbaskets.

I do both. I use the re-usable bags and wash them every couple of months, but I also get the plastic bags sometimes and re-use them.

Rockntractor
09-28-2010, 07:27 PM
I do both. I use the re-usable bags and wash them every couple of months, but I also get the plastic bags sometimes and re-use them.

Somebody keeps stealing the plastic ones out of the back of my truck, I put a stack in the back and they're gone when I get to work!:mad:

Bubba Dawg
09-28-2010, 07:28 PM
Somebody keeps stealing the plastic ones out of the back of my truck, I put a stack in the back and they're gone when I get to work!:mad:

Look at the pretty balloons....:D

Calypso Jones
09-28-2010, 09:22 PM
This is why God invented bleach.

okay then. It's just me. I don't use my clothes baskets for anything other than clothes and i periodically wipe them out with disinfecting sprays.

patriot45
09-28-2010, 09:26 PM
More feel good bullshit! I get the plastic bags and I bag it myself! I double every one of them. There are a dozen and a half uses for them at home. Reusable garbage bags, reusable condoms, save the trees!!!
Gimme a break!

Bubba Dawg
09-28-2010, 09:32 PM
More feel good bullshit! I get the plastic bags and I bag it myself! I double every one of them. There are a dozen and a half uses for them at home. Reusable garbage bags, reusable condoms, save the trees!!!
Gimme a break!

....made by Johnson and Johnson....

I love that joke...

Gingersnap
09-28-2010, 09:42 PM
okay then. It's just me. I don't use my clothes baskets for anything other than clothes and i periodically wipe them out with disinfecting sprays.

Don't we all? :confused:

Calypso Jones
09-28-2010, 11:27 PM
uh. no.

http://laundry.about.com/od/laundryroom/tp/uselaundrybaskets.htm

Gingersnap
09-29-2010, 09:49 AM
uh. no.

http://laundry.about.com/od/laundryroom/tp/uselaundrybaskets.htm

That's just horrifying. I'm thrifty but I can afford a couple of canvas bags for groceries. Would they put a baby in the basket and then some groceries without disinfecting it? :eek:

Calypso Jones
09-29-2010, 11:26 AM
I really don't think people think of recycled bags or clothes baskets or DOOR HANDLES or shopping carts as bacteria laden. They just don't think about it.

RobJohnson
09-29-2010, 10:55 PM
•Hundreds of thousands of sea turtles, whales and other marine mammals die every year from eating discarded plastic bags mistaken for food.

http://www.squidoo.com/plasticbags

Rockntractor
09-30-2010, 12:13 AM
http://www.squidoo.com/plasticbags

I don't buy it!