Good Question: How dirty are your reusable grocery bags?

As a Project Green reporter I am quite the advocate for using reusable grocery bags, but while many claim to use them only 12% say they do it every time they shop.

Now here's something to think about, while they may be helping the environment are they really safe?

Good Question: How dirty are your reusable grocery bags?

Reusable bags help to keep millions of plastic bags out of the landfill and our waterways.

While they serve a great purpose toting your groceries back and forth from the store, you could also be toting around something that could make you sick.

A recent study by the American Chemistry Council found that there is bacteria hiding in those reusable bags.

By testing 84 bags, the study found that:

51% had a group of bacteria known as Coliform on them, that indicates fecal matter.

12% had E Coli

None of them were found to have Salmonella or Listeria.

Experts say don't stop using those bags just yet, its important to remember a few key things.

Bacteria is everywhere.

Unless you have a weakened immune system you're probably not going to get sick.

And washing up-will help.

In fact experts recommend a little hot soapy water every now and again will do the trick.

Rinse, repeat and keep shopping away.

Its important to point out that the American Chemistry Council represents businesses in the plastics industry.

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