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Are You Toting Around Harmful Bacteria?
While reusable tote bags have become popular and serve as an eco-friendly and trendy way to transport groceries, they might be getting you sick. Cross-contamination occurs when disease-causing bacteria are transferred from one food to another. Reusable totes make it simple for bacteria from raw foods to contaminate produce and other ready-to-eat foods.
If you use a reusable tote bag, remember to:
- Frequently wash it in a washing machine or by hand with hot, soapy water.
- Put meat, poultry and seafood in separate totes than produce and ready-to-eat foods when grocery shopping.
- Clean all areas where you place your totes.
- Store in a clean, dry location and avoid leaving totes in the trunk of a vehicle.
For more information on how to keep your tote germ-free, check out our Reusable Tote Safety on www.HomeFoodSafety.org.
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