Salmonella: Make Sure it’s NOT on Your Grocery List
Tuesday, February 26 2013
A recent study at the University of Pennsylvania and George Mason University noticed an increase in illnesses when reusable grocery bags were used more than disposable plastic bags. In one town that suddenly switched to reusable grocery bags because of a ban on plastic bags, there was an increase in emergency room visits and serious illnesses. Neighboring areas without a ban did not see an increase during the same time period. Other studies have shown that scientists can find the E. coli germ in the bags repeatedly used for grocery shopping. Searching the internet will provide you with multiple sources of information on this topic.
Here are some suggestions:
- Make sure the raw meat you buy is wrapped in plastic before being placed in your reusable bag.
- Buy a different color reusable bag to use only for raw meats and another color for foods you may eat raw (e.g. vegetables, fruits, etc.).
- Wash all fruit and vegetables before eating.
- Determine if you can regularly wash your bags that carry raw meat.
- Remember reusable grocery bags are not for other uses such as carrying gym clothes, books, etc.
If these suggestions make sense, then share or discuss them with others and help prevent more salmonella-related illnesses in our community.