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    Today's Sanitation Alert

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    There is an amusing letter to/from “Dr. Know” (funny guy) in the current issue of a local newspaper. I couldn't find a link to it, so here's something similar instead (from a few years back). Same theme.

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/...germs/4341739/

    The gist of the column is that many,even most, re-usable grocery bags were contaminated with coliform bacteria.Yes, these are the same things rolling along the top of the conveyer at yourlocal market… handled by the cashier that is handling your vegetables. Wash allyou want, but you’re up against all the others in the population of unwashedmasses. Oh, those tired, poor bags yearning to breathe free.

    My trip to the store will never be the same. Perhaps I canask a fellow shopper “do you know where that bag has been.” I shall await with baited(perhaps masked or held) breath.
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    Re: Today's Sanitation Alert

    Omigosh! You mean that if I put foods inside the bag, the bag will eventually get contaminated?

    Ah, remember the olden days, when we used paper bags for groceries, and recycled the bags unless they were dirty.

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    Re: Today's Sanitation Alert

    The moral being to wash your food before eating it (especially if it doesn't get cooked thoroughly). Manure makes great fertilizer, very popular with the "organic" crowd, but anything fertilized with it is likely to wind up with coliform bacteria. You can buy "sterile" manure at the store, but most farms don't bother with the extra hassle and expense.

    Washing those bags once in awhile isn't bad either.

    Your own body is pretty well covered with coliform bacteria anyway; the good news is that almost all of it is perfectly harmless. It's just a handy test for possible fecal contamination (see fertilizer above).

    BTW, we still reuse paper bags. They just aren't free anymore. Plastic too, but they don't come from the grocery store.
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    Re: Today's Sanitation Alert

    Yes, coliform bacteria is everywhere... but to varying degrees. All I know is that I'll never look at that conveyor-belt the same again.

    I'm now wondering about the inexpensive semi-disposable bags. Can they really be washed... or just tossed once-in-a-while?
    In Portland (not sure about the rest of Oregon), stores must now CHARGE for a paper-bag (10 cents), and plastic is banned.

    Of course, with all this, I'm not worried about me. I'm worried about THAT OTHER guy. LOL
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    Re: Today's Sanitation Alert

    Based on the number of cells in and on your body, you are more bacteria than human.
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    Re: Today's Sanitation Alert

    Quote Originally Posted by Randall
    Your own body is pretty well covered with coliform bacteria anyway; the good news is that almost all of it is perfectly harmless. It's just a handy test for possible fecal contamination (see fertilizer above).

    Read an article a while back about finding fecal residue in most kitchens, on food prep surfaces... scared th' beegeezus outta me. Soap and peroxide have become close pals with our kitchen.


    Quote Originally Posted by Mark
    Of course, with all this, I'm not worried about me. I'm worried about THAT OTHER guy. LOL
    Valid concern! The invisible contamination... "Out dammed spot!"



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    Re: Today's Sanitation Alert

    The next time you're at the local supermarket, grab a cart from the parking lot and preferably one that's been sitting in the sun. The U.V emissions from the sun can reduce pathogen count in a very short period of time and as a result lower the risk of exposure to harmful microbes.

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    Re: Today's Sanitation Alert

    Think about the little baby seat on the carts and then put your consumable groceries on it after that dirty diaper was sitting there.

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