Reusable Grocery Bags Can Harm Your Health

July 21, 2010 Updated Jul 21, 2010 at 8:56 PM EDT

By WKBW Programming

July 21, 2010 Updated Jul 21, 2010 at 8:56 PM EDT

A University of Arizona study says that if you don't wash those reusable grocery bags, they could be harboring bacteria that could eventually make you sick, even cause death, and researchers say that when meat juices were added to the bags, the number of bacteria increased tenfold.
The study says that hand or machine washing nearly wipes out the bacteria.
Researchers have a few other tips for consumers. They say when using reusable bags, be careful to separate raw foods from your other food products.
They also say you should try not to leave meat or produce in the trunk of your car, because heat can cause bacteria to grow even faster,
and researchers say don't use your reusable food bags for other purposes-- like carrying books or gym clothes.

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