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Caring for your Reusable Grocery Bags

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Reusable Grocery BagSalmonella? E. coli? You betcha!

As our State transitions from providing paper and plastic bags at the grocery store it’s important to know how to care for your reusable grocery bags. Most of us already use reusable bags on a regular basis, so this information may or may not be new to you.

According to Foodsafety.gov, “The fabric or materials in reusable grocery bags can get contaminated with germs like Salmonella or E. coli from food or other items. These germs could then cross-contaminate other food or items we carry in the reusable bag and make us sick.” YIKES!!!

Here are a few tips to ensure you, your family and your foods are safe:

  1. Wash often – Wash cloth bags in the washer (dry in dryer or air-dry) and scrub plastic lines ones (air-dry) with detergent. Make sure they are completely dry before you store them for the next use.
  2. Storage – Living in Hawaii, it’s hot and humid so store your bags in a cool, dry place, not your car, to prevent bacterial growth.
  3. Keep ‘um separated – Put your meats in those plastic disposable bags found in the produce or meat section to keep any leakage contained. Bring enough reusable bags to the store to keep your produce, meats and ready-to-go foods separated.
  4. Single-function – Bags are so multi-functional we put clothes, baby stuff (diapers), tools, etc. in them, but please use your grocery bags only for groceries to prevent cross-contamination.


Photo credit: http://bondwithkarla.com/reusable-shopping-bags/


Author: Umeke

Honolulu's natural and organic foods market. Offering a great selection of vitamins and supplements, inspired deli, natural groceries, bulk items, organic produce, green household items and much more...

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