Are reusable shopping bags hygienic?
The 5p plastic bag tax introduced last October has resulted in a surge in the use of reusable shopping bags. Whilst good for the environment, this may not be good for your hygiene and health.
It’s a concern for scientists and consumers alike because reusable shopping bags are potentially a powerful breeding ground for harmful bacteria.
International studies show that an increase in the use of reusable bags can lead to a spike in food-borne illness rates caused by cross-contamination. This can happen when you use a bag to carry meat, soiled potatoes, or a dirty sports kit one week, then use the same bag for ready-to-eat foods the next.
A recent scientific study shows that dangerous bacteria can survive in a shopping bag for up to 8 weeks and simply washing your old bag won’t remove all the bacteria.
How is the antibacterial Biomaster bag for life different?
The Biomaster Protected bag offers environmentally aware consumers a solution, a reusable grocery bag for life protected by antibacterial technology.
Biomaster antibacterial additives, which are used to treat the inner lining of the bag for life, prevent the growth of bacteria and restricts it from being transferred between your bag and groceries. This provides reusable bag users with peace of mind that the added protection is effective against most types of common bacteria that may cause food poisoning, including E.coli, campylobacter, salmonella and listeria.
Leading UK food safety expert Dr. Lisa Ackerley claims that “multi-use shopping bags are a concern for many industry experts and this bag provides a solution to the problem.” The Biomaster protected bags are available from Marks & Spencers, Amazon and a growing network of high street retailers.