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Save the planet and kill yourself at the same time

Spend money to buy reusable grocery bags, that will make you sick, so that you will be forced to go see a doctor and spend money on medication that is not designed to cure but to make you sicker, so that you will have to spend more money to buy more medication to make you sicker so that you spend more money to buy more medication . . . . And oh yeah, the doctors get a huge cut when you are sick as well. It is a huge money racket, and you are the guinea pig that gives them the money. Scott

Reusable grocery bags found to be full of bacteria

A reminder to shoppers who use reusable grocery bags: Don’t forget to wash them after you’ve emptied them.

Nearly every bag examined for bacteria by researchers at the University of Arizona and Loma Linda University found whopping amounts of bugs. Coliform bacteria, suggesting raw-meat or uncooked-food contamination, was in half of the bags, and E. coli was found in 12 percent of the bags.

Running the bags through a washer or cleaning them by hand reduced bacteria levels to almost nothing, the study reported, but nearly all shoppers questioned said they do not regularly, if ever, wash their reusable bags. About a third said they also used their food-shopping bags to haul around non-food items.

The study was funded by the American Chemistry Council amid debate over a California bill that would ban single-use plastic bags. The council is opposed to that measure.

— Los Angeles Times