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Reusable Grocery Bags Teeming with Bacteria

Don't forget to wash reusable grocery bags after you've emptied them. Nearly every bag examined for bacteria by researchers found huge numbers of bacteria.

Coliform bacteria, which comes from raw meat or uncooked food, was in half of the bags, and E. coli was found in 12 percent of the bags.

According to the Washington Post:

“Running the bags through a washer or cleaning them by hand reduced bacteria levels to almost nothing, the study reported, but nearly all shoppers questioned said they do not regularly, if ever, wash their reusable bags. About a third said they also used their food-shopping bags to haul around non-food items.”

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