Reusable Grocery Tote Safety

Reviewed by Eleese Cunningham, RDN
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Reusable cloth grocery totes are convenient and environmentally friendly, but could they be making you sick?

Reduce Your Risk of Food Poisoning with These Tips from Home Food Safety:

  • Place fresh or frozen raw meat, poultry and fish in separate totes from produce and ready-to-eat foods.
  • Wash your grocery tote frequently in the washing machine or by hand with hot, soapy water.
  • Clean all areas where you place your totes, such as kitchen counter or table, to reduce cross-contamination.
  • When shopping, 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 bags and food.
  • Store totes in a clean, dry location. Avoid leaving totes in the trunk of a vehicle.

Download: Grocery Tote Safety Tip Sheet.

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