Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Reusable Bags: Not So Safe After All.

Listen up moms!

The Center for Consumer Freedom released new information stating that "56% of Americans are not at all aware that their reusable grocery bags may contain lead and bacteria." --Oh my goodness, I'm part of that percentage because I had NO IDEA!! Did you?!

The Washington Post also published a feature stating research done both by the University of Arizona, and Loma Linda University showed "nearly every bag examined for bacteria was found to have whopping amounts of bugs. Coliform bacteria, suggesting raw-meat or uncooked-food contamination, was in half of the bags, and E. coli was found in 12 percent of the bags."

The good news is that simply washing them in the washer or by hand reduces the bacteria risk to almost nothing. Unfortunately a CCF poll shows that "68% of reusable bag owners have either never washed their bag or only washed it once in the last year."

But that's not all! The Center of Enviromental Health just released lab results showing "high levels of lead, in violation of California law, in Disney “Toy Story” and “Cars” reusable plastic shopping bags purchased from Safeway. Testing of the bags found more than 15 times the federal limit for lead in children’s products."

I don't know how something so toxic could be approved for our kids! You dropped the ball, Safeway. BIG TIME.

But they're not the only ones who dropped the ball. 16 of the 44 bags that were tested were found to have high levels of lead, including giants like CVS, Walgreens, and Staples. This is UNBELIEVABLE, and UNACCEPTABLE at this day and age, don't you think?

Go here to see the full list of retailers who were over the lead limit.

Does your family use reusable bags?
What do you think of this new research?


  1. Thanks for the heads up! I had no idea either!!

  2. Your welcome! I heard it on the news this week and I couldn't believe it! How come no one is talking about this??


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