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Reusable Grocery Bags Breed Bacteria : Tests Confirm Risk Of Illness
Call7 ^ | September 27, 2010 | Theresa Marchetta

Posted on 09/27/2010 2:05:03 PM PDT by george76

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

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.

It is not only gross, but also painful if you get sick.

"You can have a terrible diarrhea, stomach ache, vomiting. Not a fun thing to have," said Barron.

To demonstrate the risk, Marchetta dusted grocery bags with a substance that glows in the dark to see how harmful germs can travel.

With the lights off, it was clear the Glo-Germ had not only stuck to our groceries, it was also on Marchetta’s hands, the counter top, and in the cupboard and refrigerator.

“They like porous surfaces and live longer on plastic,” said Barron, about the bacteria.

(Excerpt) Read more at thedenverchannel.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: bacteria; bags; colorado; diarrhea; germs; green; grocery; harmfulgerms; infectiousdisease; infectiousdiseases; reusable; reusablebags; shopping; stomachache; vomiting
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1 posted on 09/27/2010 2:05:06 PM PDT by george76
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To: george76

unintended consequences


2 posted on 09/27/2010 2:06:33 PM PDT by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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3 posted on 09/27/2010 2:07:17 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both.)
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To: george76

What about sandwich bags?


4 posted on 09/27/2010 2:08:26 PM PDT by bkepley
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To: george76

I have seen cloth bags put on the grocery counter, that I would not want pig feed put in them.. looks like they have never been washed.. and then washing does not get rid of lots of germs..and etc..I worked in a large grocery chain when plastic bags were forced upon us.. and customers wanted to know if they could bring in their used paper bags, and the answer was no as they would carry germs..


5 posted on 09/27/2010 2:08:33 PM PDT by JoanneSD
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To: george76

‘DemonRATS’ do the same thing.


6 posted on 09/27/2010 2:08:52 PM PDT by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: george76

Um, duh? It took them long to figure out that if you use a reusable bag to hold meat, that bacteria would end up soaking in and settling? Common sense and there’s a reason that when loading groceries, a cashier is supposed to put the meat in a separate bag.


7 posted on 09/27/2010 2:08:52 PM PDT by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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To: nolongerademocrat

But if you have to wash them after each use isn’t that “bad” for the environment as well?


8 posted on 09/27/2010 2:10:12 PM PDT by for-q-clinton (If at first you don't succeed keep on sucking until you do succeed)
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To: george76

One more completelly common sense conclusion of which the lemming Left has been made oblivious.


9 posted on 09/27/2010 2:11:09 PM PDT by Mack Truck
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To: nolongerademocrat
unintended consequences

Au contraire.

The greenies #1 objective is to reduce the human population by 90%.

Every little bit helps.

10 posted on 09/27/2010 2:11:26 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The only stable state is one in which all men are equal before the law." -- Aristotle)
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To: bkepley

What about sandwich bags?


Don’t re-use them more than 75 times and you should be Okay.


11 posted on 09/27/2010 2:13:15 PM PDT by unkus
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To: for-q-clinton

Yep!


12 posted on 09/27/2010 2:16:00 PM PDT by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: nolongerademocrat

Maybe we can send them to hyperventilating liberals...They can recycle some CO2 for us.


13 posted on 09/27/2010 2:16:28 PM PDT by WAW (Which enumerated power?)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Haaaaay, Warren Buffett swore he got out of that population control thing....


14 posted on 09/27/2010 2:17:31 PM PDT by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: george76

Great, NOW may we go back to paper please?


15 posted on 09/27/2010 2:17:31 PM PDT by snippy_about_it (Looking for our Sam Adams)
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To: george76

May the pretend environmentalists all contract mild stomach viruses from their nasty bags on November 2.


16 posted on 09/27/2010 2:18:03 PM PDT by November 2010
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To: george76

Seriously? No one washes these bags? I never thought of not washing them.


17 posted on 09/27/2010 2:19:16 PM PDT by HungarianGypsy
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To: WAW

They’ll get a lot of use between now and November for sure!


18 posted on 09/27/2010 2:20:05 PM PDT by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: george76

I can’t wait to send this to my twirpy little lib nephew and his wife! They’ll come up with something like...”it’s better to risk our health that to risk our planet”. BWAHAHAHAHA!


19 posted on 09/27/2010 2:21:41 PM PDT by albie
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To: unkus

>>Don’t re-use them more than 75 times and you should be Okay.<<

I limit it to 50. And if they are used to hold raw meat I like to rinse them out every 25 cycles.


20 posted on 09/27/2010 2:22:57 PM PDT by RobRoy (The US Today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: george76

Going green takes on it’s real meaning.....


21 posted on 09/27/2010 2:23:13 PM PDT by Brett66 (Where government advances, and it advances relentlessly , freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: HungarianGypsy

Every time one uses them? Think of all the items that can leak, and think of where many of them may have been, such as the floor.


22 posted on 09/27/2010 2:23:37 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: RobRoy

I limit it to 50. And if they are used to hold raw meat I like to rinse them out every 25 cycles.


If you keep them in the fridge you don’t even need to rinse them out.

Seriously, these idiots are truly in their own little worlds and are all about “feeling good” about something.


23 posted on 09/27/2010 2:25:28 PM PDT by unkus
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To: albie

can’t wait to send this to my twirpy little lib nephew and his wife! They’ll come up with something like...”it’s better to risk our health that to risk our planet”.


Yep, “Earth First”.


24 posted on 09/27/2010 2:27:14 PM PDT by unkus
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To: george76

How in the world did we ever get out of the cave?


25 posted on 09/27/2010 2:29:08 PM PDT by jrd
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To: george76

So the greenies are contaminating the checker, the bagger and later customers. Could workers’ compensation claims and lawsuits be far behind?


26 posted on 09/27/2010 2:30:45 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: george76
Government meddling is a sure Rx for SHAFUs.
27 posted on 09/27/2010 2:33:23 PM PDT by steelyourfaith (ObamaCare Death Panels: a Final Solution to the looming Social Security crisis.)
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To: November 2010
May the pretend environmentalists all contract mild stomach viruses from their nasty bags on November 2.

Why only mild?

28 posted on 09/27/2010 2:34:43 PM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: snippy_about_it

Selfish as I am, I double bag (paper bag inside a plastic bag) all my groceries. When our monthly grocery bill started rivaling the mortgage payment, I decided that I was tired of having to choose between flimsy plastic (with handles) or sturdy paper (no handles).


29 posted on 09/27/2010 2:35:27 PM PDT by Spudx7
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To: george76

My suggestion is to use iron pots for carrying groceries. YOu can reuse them over and over and over again and wash them over and over again. And you will have great muscle tone in your arms after carrying all your groceries in iron pots. Or you will purchase less groceries so you don’t have to carry so much.

This makes me think of my children and their backpacks. I bet those things are disgusting and would kill the person who did this study. Really. My teenaged sons put all kinds of things in their backpacks and then forget about it. And then there are the mischievous friends who pour bottles of perfume in said backpacks. We washed one backpack at least 15 times and left it outside to “air” after the 15th attempt at removing the smell. We used vinegar and simple green and whatever else to get rid of the stench. It never came out. It’s that wonderful petroleum fabric that keeps smells in and germs in and whatever else. blech


30 posted on 09/27/2010 2:36:04 PM PDT by petitfour (Are you a Dead Fish American?)
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To: george76

I wonder if these people tried washing thier bags, or thier food!


31 posted on 09/27/2010 2:42:10 PM PDT by Colvin (Proud Owner '66 Binder PU, '66 Binder Travelall,)
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To: bkepley
"What about sandwich bags? "

Those are the worst kind. Haven't you seen that green stuff growing on the bread after several months in a desk drawer?

The white stuff is OK though! take it with you to the doctor when you become ill and he will give you a discount. on your next order for penicillin.

32 posted on 09/27/2010 2:52:42 PM PDT by An Old Man
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To: snippy_about_it
Great, NOW may we go back to paper please?

Better yet, can we go back to "use once" and throw away plastic yet?
33 posted on 09/27/2010 3:05:11 PM PDT by JSteff ((((It was ALL about SCOTUS. Most forget about that and HAVE DOOMED us for a generation or more.))))
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To: george76

I took my green 1 dollar grocery bags and put them in her washer. They came out okay and didn’t shrink or wrinkle, so you can wash them in the washer. However, for some reason, the bigger, canvas bags shrink like crazy.


34 posted on 09/27/2010 3:17:25 PM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: george76

So charging people for the bags isn’t working.

So now it’s a ‘health risk’...blah, blah ,blah


35 posted on 09/27/2010 3:27:47 PM PDT by Freddd (CNN is down to Three Hundred Thousand viewers. But they worked for it.)
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To: Spudx7
I double bag (paper bag inside a plastic bag)

You are truly out to destroy the planet aren't you?

I prefer the old paper bags, the ones they have nowadays are very thin and weak.

36 posted on 09/27/2010 3:33:38 PM PDT by snippy_about_it (Looking for our Sam Adams)
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To: george76

Back in the day many food containers were reusable. For example glass soda and milk bottles were routinely returned to their suppliers cleaned after a fashion and refilled. When I was a kid it was not unheard of for people to find insect fragments or even an occasional mouse in soda bottles. My Mother worked in a local dairy when she was in high school and washed milk bottles. After finding the bottles used for everything from urinals to kerosene storage she never would allow bottled milk in our house. We drank powdered milk until milk became available in sealed paper containers. It is ironic that the rise of disposable containers was pushed as a public health issue.


37 posted on 09/27/2010 3:46:06 PM PDT by The Great RJ (The Bill of Rights: Another bill members of Congress haven't read.)
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To: george76

Besides the germs that it wouldn’t take anyone with any sense 15 seconds to figure out, it slows the lines down as the fussy ladies put their bags on the counter and arrange the groceries just so-so in order to fit all their groceries in the few bags they have. The store has to lose productivity and I’m behind them getting so POed!

They are also the kind who spend 3 minutes searching in the bottom of their purse for a nickel holding up the line even longer.


38 posted on 09/27/2010 3:55:44 PM PDT by tiki
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To: george76

Duhhh!! These fools never saw that coming, idiots.

Now there, Mr. Susstien, are you Honer Simpsons!


39 posted on 09/27/2010 3:59:58 PM PDT by gidget7 ("When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property." Thomas Jefferson)
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To: george76

Duhhh!! These fools never saw that coming, idiots.

Now there, Mr. Susstien, are you Homer Simpsons!


40 posted on 09/27/2010 4:00:16 PM PDT by gidget7 ("When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property." Thomas Jefferson)
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To: JoanneSD

So true Joanne. Also, new paper bags, in grocery stores were phased out as the norm and are given if a customer asks for them, because they carry roaches and roach eggs home.


41 posted on 09/27/2010 4:02:37 PM PDT by gidget7 ("When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property." Thomas Jefferson)
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To: snippy_about_it
"Great, NOW may we go back to paper please?"

From a total minimum damage to the environment, disposable plastic bags are actually the best. Less energy needed to produce than paper, more sanitary, and occupy much less volume in landfills.

42 posted on 09/27/2010 4:43:15 PM PDT by Wonder Warthog
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To: nutmeg

bookmark


43 posted on 09/27/2010 4:48:30 PM PDT by nutmeg (36 days 'til Election Day...)
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***Marchetta could not find anyone who regularly cleaned their reusable bags. ***

What is so hard about it? A little soap and bleach in the washing machine.

Besides, Walmart blue bags only cost 50 cents! I’d pay that just to make sure I didn’t loose my load half way to my car!


44 posted on 09/27/2010 5:26:48 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar ( AKA Rodrigo de Bivar)
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To: petitfour

***My suggestion is to use iron pots for carrying groceries. ***

OLD ROY woven bags work wonders for hauling groceries! Uh, after the dog is finished with them!


45 posted on 09/27/2010 5:30:17 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar ( AKA Rodrigo de Bivar)
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To: george76

I used to explain this every time I went to Whole Paycheck but got either blank stares or hostile retorts so I stopped. Now I only buy dog bones there.


46 posted on 09/28/2010 6:32:17 AM PDT by Mercat
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I once asked my manager if it would be in pour taste to inform a customer that came through my line , that I think his cat may have “marked” his bag. The funk was unmistakeble. Just loaded the grocery’s and washed my hands .


47 posted on 09/28/2010 1:55:18 PM PDT by ping jockey (We have arrogant jerks for leaders and WE will pay the highest cost.)
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To: ping jockey

uuuuuuuuuu yuk


48 posted on 09/28/2010 2:53:24 PM PDT by Mercat
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To: ping jockey

for some reason cats love those bags. my cast as a rule do not mess outside the litterbox....except when i bring one of those bags home. we use the plastic ones now.


49 posted on 09/28/2010 3:17:15 PM PDT by sfimom
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To: george76
I bet if they tested the shelves at the grocery store, they’d also find millions of bacteria. Or the hands of the people buying groceries. Or the belts in the checkout lane.

That’s why you wash fruits and vegetables before you eat them, and everything else comes in packages.

Jeez Louise, more panic mongering from the MSM.

50 posted on 09/30/2010 10:44:21 AM PDT by Notary Sojac
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