Bags for life could be a threat to shoppers’ health because they harbor potentially deadly food poisoning bugs, according to research.
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.
Reusable plastic shopping bags have become increasingly popular in Britain thanks to supermarkets and other retailers giving out millions of free ones to shoppers in the last three years…The tests were undertaken by the University of Arizona, whose researchers stopped a total of 84 shoppers to check the state of their bags.
The researchers warned the levels of bacteria they found were high enough to cause a wide range of serious health problems and even death…A poll revealed 97 per cent of shoppers who used eco-friendly bags never washed or bleached them.
That’s because they’re…hippies.