How to Avoid Bacteria When Using Reusable Grocery Bags

How to Avoid Bacteria When Using Reusable Grocery Bags

They might seem innocent but your grocery bags could land you flat on your back, in bed.

So, you’ve been waiting all week to get to the grocery store and knock those items off your list, and it’s now Friday night. There’s just an hour or so left before closing. You grab a cart ready to stock up…and then you remember it: you left all those useful, beautiful, reusable grocery bags at home on the counter.

While you might be wishing you were more organized like I often do, what may not cross your mind is the silver lining in this story.

If you haven’t washed your reusables since you last took them out, going for plastic or paper could save you from a bout of food poisoning.

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“Raw foods (raw meat, raw fish, loose vegetables with soil on, and eggs) can contain germs that cause food poisoning,” states Britain’s Food Standards Agency (FSA).

‘Packing any of these foods with ready-to-eat foods (eg bread, cooked meats and cheese) can lead to the germs spreading, especially if there are any spillages or leaks,” the agency elaborates.

What can you do about it? Experts in the UK are recommending that you color-code your bags.

Use the same ones for meat and detergent every time, and make sure you throw them in the laundry often, even if everything still looks clean to the naked eye. Toss them in with the weekly load. Wash up and stay safe!

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