Plastic bags may not be eco-friendly but one study suggests they could be healthier then the reusable option.
Reusing bags might be good for the environment but an industry lobby group has released a preliminary study that suggests such reused bags are dangerous to our health.Quote has been trimmed
A news release issued Thursday by Food Fight Toronto said an independent study out of Guelph found high levels of bacteria and mould in the one sample bag it tested.
From Nov. 1-18, Guelph Chemical Laboratories took a sample swab from a reusable plastic shopping bag and found an elevated bacteria count of 1,800. A level of 500 is considered safe for water.
"With these counts, the significant presence of coliform and mould especially, you have the potential for bacterial cross-contamination of food," Rupesh Pandey, general manager of Guelph Chemical Laboratories, said in a news release. "It would be similar to carrying your food home in your hands after not washing them all day."
Pandey said the levels are high likely because people don't wash the bags as carefully or as often as they should. He said the bags must be washed in 140 C water to be free of any germs -- a temperature higher than most dishwashers reach (water boils at 100 C).
But it makes sense that those bags can build up bacteria and mold...... it'd be no different then continually using the same underwear over and over without washing them...... and how often do you wash your reusable bags?
Apparently it doesn't matter how often you do, because they explained above that it's kinda impossible to remove all of the bacteria and mold unless you cook the buggers.