Reusable Grocery Tote Safety

Reviewed by Eleese Cunningham, RDN
reusable grocery bags on seat of car

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March is National Nutrition Month, when the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reminds everyone to return to the basics of healthy eating. It is also the time of year when the Academy celebrates expertise of registered dietitian nutritionists as the food and nutrition experts.

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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