Grocery Shoppers’ Bags Contaminated with E. coli and Salmonella

SalmonellaA recent study has revealed the impact of grocery bags on the lives of human beings and the environment, while the researchers examined as many as 84 bags.

They found traces of E. coli in the shoppers’ bags. The bacteria have very harmful effects on human beings.

The bags picked up from the grocery stores across Arizona and California, showed the presence of the bacteria in high amounts, capable enough to cause infectious deaths in the users.

The team explained that the greatest cause of the development of the bacteria was seen to be the indolence towards washing the bags.

Nearly 97% of the shoppers accepted that they don’t at all or irregularly wash their bags. More than 70% of them said that thy carry meat and other products in the same bag.

According to the experts, the most suitable solution towards the prevention of these infections is to wash the bags regularly.

University of Arizona scientists also said that some of the bags showed signs of salmonella contamination.

They said that the bacteria can harm the children quite easily.

"Our findings suggest a serious threat to public health, especially from bacteria such as E.coli”, said lead researcher, Charles Gerba.