plastic bag ban responsible for spike in e. coli infections, study says
Did your handbag make you sick?
A research paper published last year by professors at the University of Pennsylvania and George Mason University found that San Francisco\'s ban on plastic bags had a significant negative impact on public health.
The study, released in August, found that due to E.
E. coli infection and in the three months after the bag ban came into effect on 2007, the number of deaths from food poisoning increased by 46%. E.
E. coli is a common bacteria in the human gut and a common suspect of food poisoning, from harmless to fatal.
Laws against plastic bags generally encourage the use of reusable handbags to transport groceries.
However, food contamination may increase as people tend to ignore cleaning these bags.
The authors of the study daredly pointed out, \"using standard estimates of the value of vital statistics,\" and \"We show that the health costs associated with the San Francisco ban mask any budget savings from reducing waste.
\"San Francisco is one of the world\'s first major cities to pass the ban on non-alcoholic beverages
Packed plastic bags.
The measure was gradually implemented and fully implemented in 2012.
Retailers are allowed to sell stronger, packable, easier to recycle plastic bags and paper bags for 10 cents per bag.
The findings of the study echo 2011 papers conducted by researchers at the University of Arizona and the School of Public Health at Linda University in Rome.
In this study, the authors studied reusable shopping bags extracted from individuals randomly selected at grocery stores in California and Arizona, and determined
8% of all bags surveyed are E. coli.
However, 99 bags were eliminated either by hand or by washing machine.
9% of pathogens.
Interviews with the study show that about half of respondents use packages once a week, three times a week
Quarters did not separate meat from vegetables, and only 3% of them cleaned their bags regularly.
The study was severely criticized by environmental activists as its authors were backed by money from the US chemical Commission, a trade group representing the interests of plastic bag manufacturers.
Many supporters of the plastic bag ban say the new study is largely inaccurate. \"[Its]
\"This statement is completely absurd and unfounded,\" said Jenny Romer, director of the Atlantic region of the Clean Seas Alliance and founder of plasticine law.
Tell Huffington Post.
She said the study focused on some time before the ban came into effect, \"so the data is irrelevant.
\"San Francisco is one of more than 40 cities in California that have imposed plastic bag bans.
Member Mark Levin (D-San Rafael)
A bill recently introduced banning plastic bags at all large grocery stores and retail stores across the state.
\"Continuing to use these bags ignores convincing global evidence that these bags have a huge impact on the marine ecosystem,\" Levine said in a statement . \".
\"In addition, there are several alternatives that are easy to buy and affordable.
We need to ban these bags once and for all.
\"On a global scale, cities and towns have taken similar measures to ban plastic bag taxes altogether.
Romer insists that as people spend more time using reusable bags, they will understand that the bags need to be cleaned like dirty clothes.
A blog post on The Learning Channel website details some tips to keep reusable shopping bags clean, such as handling bins for agricultural products, separating meat and fish from other groceries to prevent cross-cutting
After returning home from shopping, pollute and ventilate empty bags.