The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has warned that ‘bags for life’ pose a potential food poisoning risk if they are used to carry raw foods such as meat and fish.
In recently revised guidance, the FSA says that deadly bugs such as E.coli and Campylobacter can be transferred from the outside of packaging when plastic bags are reused - even if there is no obvious trace of leakage.
The food safety watchdog is now advising consumers: “Ideally, you should have enough bags to carry raw foods, ready-to-eat foods and non-food items such as washing powder separately. Don’t use the same bags again for ready-to-eat foods or for carrying other household items.”
It adds that raw foods such meat, fish and shellfish, loose vegetables with soil on and eggs can contain bacteria or have bacteria on their surface that could cause food poisoning. Wrapped raw foods such as pre-packed fresh meat or fish may also have traces of harmful bugs on the outside of the packaging.
Last week it also emerged that the UK’s largest supplier of supermarket chicken, 2 Sisters Food Group, had suspended production at one of its main processing plants after an investigation revealed poor hygiene standards and food safety records being altered.
The Biomaster Antibacterial Bag for Life (shown above) is treated with technology proven to inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria on its surface that could transfer between a shopping bag and its’ contents.
The active agent is built into the bag during the manufacturing process, so the protection lasts for the useful lifetime of the bag.
The Biomaster Bag for Life is currently available from several high street supermarkets or can be purchased online from thehygienedoctor.co.uk.