Eeeek! We've always used multi-purpose shopping bags. Have we been we risking our health?
A professor from the biological and biomedical science at Aston University, said the public needs to be educated about the dangers of contaminated bags.
He warned shoppers to be wary. Using the same bag for different food products, such as fresh meat, cheese and bread, could cause sickness. Millions of bacteria cells can survive on plastic bag for days or even weeks, including potentially deadly E. coli.
He advises that people only use certain bags for certain types of food produce, and always wash hands and goods thoroughly. Source: Mirror.
For years, my husband and I have used strong bags, purpose made for collecting goods from the supermarket. My husband does the packing—everything in together. Cans, chicken, vegetables, fruit, frozen packs, and cleaning items. Gulp!
He doesn't wash his hands either, unless reminded. I don't touch anything at the shops other than holding my walker. I've long been wary of what other people's hands have touched before pushing the trolley.
I remember the days in the 50s when women would take their own string bag to collect their food from the shop. Seems sensible in retrospect. Bacteria would float through the gaps without becoming trapped. I wonder if woven straw bags are safe too.
I guess the best thing to do is have separate plastic bags for different types of food—one for meat, one for greens, one for dry goods and cans, and another for cleaning materials. Armed with five specialized bags, we could march into the arena to do battle with bacteria.
How do you carry your food home from the shop?