Skip to comments.Calif. moves to ban plastic bags at grocery stores
Posted on 06/02/2010 5:38:26 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- It could soon cost California shoppers at the checkout aisle if they forget to bring their own bags to the grocery store.
Legislation passed Wednesday by the California Assembly would prohibit grocery stores, pharmacies, liquor stores and convenience stores from giving out plastic bags.
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Well most people can’t afford food
So bags are not needed
have they banned paper bags?
Could someone open Bag Store? I didn’t see Bag Stores on the list!
Brought to you by the same people who forced shoppers to us plastic bags.
The objective is to cause chaos.
I am guessing that the urban dwellers are responsible for debris in the urban rivers, not plastic bags. Why not just impose this law in the urban centers since that seems to be where the problem is? (Last sentence is semi-sarcastic.)
Pssssssst....California Legislators...You’ve got other things to worry about.
How do you think they saved the rainforests? < /sarc>
So... does this mean all the baggers are going to get the sack?
Idiot Gaia worshipers ;
Get out your bleach and launder those reusable fabric grocery bags after each use. You’re not clogging up landfill with plastic throw-aways, but your environmental conscientiousness could make you sick.
A microbiological study a first in North America of the popular, eco-friendly bags has uncovered some unsettling facts. Swab-testing by two independent laboratories found unacceptably high levels of bacterial, yeast, mold and coliform counts in the reusable bags.
“The main risk is food poisoning,” Dr. Richard Summerbell, research director at Toronto-based Sporometrics and former chief of medical mycology for the Ontario Ministry of Health, stated in a news release. Dr. Summerbell evaluated the study results.
“But other significant risks include skin infections such as bacterial boils, allergic reactions, triggering of asthma attacks, and ear infections,” he stated.
The study found that 64% of the reusable bags tested were contaminated with some level of bacteria and close to 30% had elevated bacterial counts higher than what’s considered safe for drinking water.
Further, 40% of the bags had yeast or mold, and some of the bags had an unacceptable presence of coliforms, faecal intestinal bacteria, when there should have been 0.
“The presence of faecal material in some of the reusable bags is particularly concerning,” Dr. Summerbell stated. “All meat products should be individually wrapped before being placed in a reusable bag to prevent against leakage. This should become a mandated safety standard across the entire grocery industry.”
Don’t use your cloth grocery bags for toting gym clothes or diapers or anything but your groceries to prevent possible exposure to a superbug called community-acquired MRSA, a highly antibiotic-resistant form of a common infectious bacterium, Dr. Summerbell cautioned.
The study was funded by the Environment and Plastics Industry Council (EPIC), an industry initiative to promote responsible use and recovery of plastic resources. EPIC is a committee of the Canadian Plastics Industry Association.
Conclusions from the study? This may have you gladly handing over the coins for plastic bags at the supermarket:
The moist, dark, warm interior of a folded used reusable bag that has acquired a small amount of water and trace food contamination is an ideal incubator for bacteria.
The strong presence of yeasts in some bags indicates the presence of water and microbial growth substrate (food).
There is a potential for cross-contamination of food if the same reusable bags are used on successive trips.
Check-out staff in stores may be transferring these microbes from reusable bag to reusable bag as the contaminants get on their hands.
In cases of food poisoning, experts will have to test reusable bags in addition to food products as the possible sources of contamination.
Next steps? The study has been sent to the federal Sub-Committee on Food Safety currently investigating the safety of Canada’s food system, federal and provincial health ministers and medical organizations across Canada with a request for immediate action.
Who will go shopping then?
I am old enough to remember when grocery bags were always paper.. THEN to “save the trees “ stores were encouraged to go to the awful flimsy plastic ones.. now of course plastic is an environmental “issue”
So its back to paper IF YOU PAY or bring your own cloth... I expect in 10 years they will find a problem with the cloth ones and we will move to daily grocery shopping so we can carry the food in our pockets
Say goodbye to more jobs in the plastic bag industry.
LOL! Californians deserve everything that is happening to them. They should have stood up to this crap years ago. There is no stopping the commies now. Their entire state is run by moronic “college students”.
The article said they will be charging for paper bags so those arent banned they will just cost you money—
“It would also call for customers to be charged for using store-issued paper bags.”
Prime example of unintended consequences.
Greenies pushed every store into using plastic rather than paper — to save the treeeeeeeeeessssss.
The state of CA is headed down into the sewer and is facing bankruptcy and the Arrogant Politicians in Sacramento are worried about plastic bags, flat screen TVs, energy light bulbs, and Arizona’s immigration laws. Morons inhabit the Capitol in Sacramento. We can pray that they, too, will be voted out when We The People take out the garbage.
Yeah, plastic bags are convenient and can carry a lot more without tearing than paper bags, so let’s ban them. Screw environmentalists, screw the Democrats - all they care about is soothing their own pollution neuroses while they make life worse in a thousands ways, big and small, for the rest of us.
Do you get a bag for the bag at the bag store?
I guess I’ll just have to buy less. Only buy what I can carry. Of course, that will mean more trips to the store.
One local grocery store used a mixture of bags that were supposedly bio-degradable and regular. It recently changed ownership and I haven’t seen the bio-degradables in it now.
I haven’t seen any other store using the bio-degradable ones. They are probably more costly to the stores.
That brought a smile ! Good one.
So why not put a tax on the plastic bags too? Did they think this would lose revenue from the paper bags?
I live in northern California and my favorite grocery store stopped using plastic bags about a year ago. It’s now just paper or you can bring your own.
I would even assume you could get a box for a box of bags. lol
The next move is to ban people. Problem solved.
Yea but they are great for picking up dog crap. My, thats a lot of voters.
re: plastic bag (shown above). Much prefer small real ones than large fake ones any day of the week!!!
I’m always amazed when the cashier at Wal-Mart puts the plastic bag of paper plates in a plastic bag. Same thing with the plastic bag of potato’s. I use them to carry my lunch in so who I am to complain?
Wonder who is going to circulate the petition?
Interesting to see what happens with food stamp customers who truly can’t afford the bags (there are a few).
I have allot of Trader Joe bags because they are just cool. Use them for beach stuff and pic nicks. I never even thought about the bacteria. Thanks? .-)
What a bunch of losers. They really don’t have anything else to concentrate on?
Yessss and it was to save the trees.
ban california from food....
Whose the fat girl in the back?
The trick is to recycle ..we use those walmart bags as trash bags ... they work great in waste baskets and even for kitchen trash ..
Saves a few bucks and they replace the plastic trash bags everyone uses
Part of the problem is that the baggers want to put every single item into a bag....is it really easier for me to carry a half-gallon jug of milk (with a handle) if its put in a plastic bag...LOL at the stupidity. And another pet peeve....when did making change become “stack the coins and reciept on top of the bills and shove it back at the customer” who then drops half the coins. To all you cashiers out there...hand them their coins and then count the bills back to them......just venting
I have read the warnings about using them for unwrapped produce and meats...but I was speaking about the environmentalists
I remember when Newsweek predicted the next Ice Age was almost here, and the environmentalists were telling us to ask for plastic bags at the supermarket to save the trees.
The kicker? If the paper bag is made well (not the rice paper thin re-re-re-cycled stuff), people tend to hold on to them for re-use anyway. I do....They make excellent masks for airbrushing.
My point was people think everything has to go in a bag when purchased.
About the time that started, I spent my vacations in the lumber country upstate. Asking for plastic was not well received.