Your lunch bag is a bacteria magnet

  • Article by: RAMESH PONNURU , Bloomberg News
  • Updated: February 7, 2013 - 10:47 AM

The problem appears to be the habits of those who use them. Keeping meat and vegetables in the same bag and not washing bags after every use are two culprits.

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ginny6Feb. 6, 1311:33 PM

Oh please. Story says your "lunch bag" may be a bacterial magnet and shows illustration of lunch bags--not grocery bags. Who keeps UNCOOKED meat in their lunch bag? No one.

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davehougFeb. 7, 13 6:56 AM

Also the ban on disposable water bottles has a risk. Who washes out water bottles with soap and water on a regular basis? Be careful what you ask for.

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FrankLFeb. 7, 1310:57 AM

This reminds me of a story in the news when I was in Hong Kong years ago. All of the new skyscrapers were plagued with rats. The reason is that the construction workers would get lunch in foam clamshell containers and then when done, stuff the containers in the walls of the building instead of walking over to the trash bin. So the government geniuses decided that the containers should be banned to solve the problem instead of enforcing littering laws. So how about punishing litters instead of banning things?

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duckys66Feb. 7, 1311:52 AM

You just have to make sure to wash your bags like you would any other item. That's why I get my bags from Scrappy Products right here in MPLS. They actually get better with each wash! Much better than dumping 100's of plastic bags into our landfills every year.

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nmulloyFeb. 7, 1312:23 PM

I've been using the same 6 Trader Joe's bags for about 5 years. Never occured to me that you would have to wash them out - but they are often packed with meat and fresh veggies together. So I'll scrub them out every once in awhile - but my question is if they're so very sturdy and never wear out, where will they go when I die?

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lenny7Feb. 7, 13 2:12 PM

It's hard to beat an old fashion paper lunch bag. Toss it when you're done and use a fresh one the next day.

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boomerchickFeb. 7, 13 3:17 PM

Please recycle that paper lunch bag if you use one. The author apparently doesn't believe that education is an option. People can improve their behavior with education. I agree with ducky66 - just remember to throw the bags in with your regular wash on a regular basis. Would that be so difficult? It would have negligible effect on the environment/energy useage. And in the meantime , recycle those plastic bags at Target, grocery store, Coop, etc.

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FRE123Feb. 7, 13 4:41 PM

From the article: "The plastic-bag industry, predictably, wants to throw them away. It says that the making of plastic bags supplies a livelihood to 30,000 hardworking, law-abiding, patriotic Americans, many of whom have adorable children to support." A similar argument was used by cigarette manufacturers to justify advertising and making cigarettes.

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myob_STFeb. 9, 13 6:54 PM

I use cloth bags (and it never occurred to me to wash them, so I'll change that), but I always put the meat in a plastic bag. Still, that renegade blackberry probably grew into something after it was squashed in there...

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