Is That Bacteria in my Reusable Grocery Tote?

May 9, 2012

We all love our reusable grocery bags and I know I am not the only one that cringes when I see someone carrying their groceries home in their plastic bags that will end up in the trash somewhere!


However, did you ever wonder if there are bacteria in your reusable tote or how much bacteria could be in there?


Yes, reusable grocery totes are great for the environment, but unwashed totes can increase your risk for food poisoning and cross-contaminated food.


Here are some great tips to help keep your totes and you safe!


-Frequently wash your tote in the washing machine or by hand with hot, soapy -water.


-Store totes in a clean, dry location.


-Avoid leaving totes in the trunk of a vehicle.


-Put meat, poultry and fish in separate plastic bags before placing in the tote. This will help prevent juices from leaking and contaminating your reusable totes and food.


-Place fresh or frozen raw meat, poultry and fish in separate totes from produce and ready-to-eat foods.


-Clean all areas where you place your totes, such as kitchen counter or table, to reduce cross contamination.


-Make sure to wash your tote if used to transport non-food items before placing produce and ready-to-eat items inside your tote.


The Author

Karen Bobos, MSed

Karen M. Bobos, MSed, has been in the fitness industry since 1996 and feels her highest accomplishments are those results achieved by her clients through her guidance. She educates clients that there is no trick to being healthy, no magic pills, but rather optimal health is achieved through eating right and moving your body.

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