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Bags for Death?

Bags for life could have E.coli - Telegraph

Tests on shoppers’ bags revealed half contained traces of E.coli, a lethal toxin which killed 26 people in Scotland in 1996 in one of the worlds worst food poisoning outbreaks.
Scientists also found many were contaminated with salmonella.
But while they are better for the environment, the new research suggests they could be harmful to health if not cleaned regularly.
Professor Charles Gerba, who led the study said: “Our findings suggest a serious threat to public health, especially from bacteria such as E.coli, which were detected in half of the bags sampled.
“Consumers are alarmingly unaware of these risks and the critical need to sanitise their bags on a weekly basis.”
A poll revealed 97 per cent of shoppers who used eco-friendly bags never washed or bleached them.


Nothing to worry about. Escherichia coli is common around humans. It lives in all of us, all the time. All pets, too.

Now if they had said E. coli O157... but they didn't. The common or garden variety is harmless.

Scaremongering to sell more bags, I think ;)

e coli - is a germ found in everyodies bowel. Not a 'lethal toxin' except in unusual circumstances.
The mythbusters did a bit on this and found E Coli all over the place. Not highly scientific but thought provoking.

I wonder how much of the earth's resources it takes to sanitise bags on a weekly basis?

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