University Study Finds More Than Half of All Reusable Grocery Bags are Contaminated with E. Coli and Other Bacteria

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Univ. of Arizona Researcher to Discuss Findings With Media in Teleconference

ATTENTION:        
Health, Science & Consumer Reporters

WHAT:        
Teleconference
“Assessment of the Potential for Cross Contamination of Food Products by Reusable Shopping Bags”

WHO:            
Charles Gerba, Ph.D.
Co-Author of Study & Professor of Environmental Science
University of Arizona

WHEN:         
Thursday, June 24th

TIME:            
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. (Pacific)

NEWS:     

  • Univ. of Arizona & Loma Linda University (California) study finds more then 50 percent of reusable grocery bags contaminated with dangerous food-borne bacteria, including E. coli
  • 97 percent of California and Arizona shoppers interviewed do not wash their bags at all
  • Research findings critical for consumers who use reusable bags, but are unaware of health risks and how to protect themselves and their children from food-borne illnesses
  • Public policy debate – including CA legislation (Assembly Bill 1998) – could result in millions of consumers using more reusable bags (because the bill would ban free plastic bags)
  • Study provides a public health context for AB 1998 and other bag-related policies around the nation

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:    
To participate in the teleconference, journalists should contact:

Jeff Harrison
520.626.4386 or jeffh(at)u.arizona(dot)edu

or

Stevan Allen
916.448.1336 or stevan(at)allenstrategic(dot)com

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