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Jamie Norton sees himself as an early adop who can reuse shopping bags and puts them in the trunk of the car, so whenever he stops to buy groceries, they are at hand.
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\"I have never washed reusable bags.
\"Research shows that the vast majority of shoppers are like Norton.
A 2011 study by scientists at the University of Arizona and the University of Loma Linda found that only 3% of shoppers
They often wash with bags.
The same study found that 99% of the bags under test had bacteria;
Half carry coliform bacteria and 8% carry E. coli.
E. coli, an indicator of fecal contamination.
\"I classify them as very dirty things like the bottom of your shoes,\" said Ryan Sinclair of the School of Public Health at Linda University in Rome.
The author of the study.
He is completing another study, and he hopes to publish soon with the help of reusable bags to study how pathogens can spread through grocery stores.
The study, conducted in early 2013 at a grocery store in central California, involved spraying bags with bacteria that are harmless to humans but are transported in a manner similar to the norlike virus, in the United States, the main cause of stomach diseases is related to more than 19 million diseases per year.
High concentrations of tracking bacteria were found in food items that had been exposed to but kept on shelves by shopping carts, cash registers and shoppers.
The pollution cycle usually starts after shoppers enter the store and place their luggage at the bottom of the cart or on a baby cart, both places are notorious for bacteria, Sinclair said.
\"The baby carrier part of the grocery cart is the most polluted public surface you \'ve ever touched,\" he said . \".
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Plastic alternatives have been passed in California.
But Sinclair believes that the habit of washing bags has not changed much since the research he helped create was published.
The researchers found that the bacteria stored in the bag in the trunk of the car multiply in large quantities, and the machine or hand washing will reduce the bacteria on the bag by more than 99. 9%.
Another study published in 2012 tracked the outbreak of the norlike virus in a women\'s soccer team in Oregon and found a reusable bag stored in a hotel bathroom used by a sick team member.
Norton, a Palm Springs resident, said thin plastic bags came in handy, especially after cleaning up his dog, but he supported the ban.
\"I really think plastic bags are a disease,\" he said . \"
The proposed ban here will ban most shops from distributing thin plastic shopping bags, instead asking them to charge 10 cents for recycled paper bags.
Plastic bags for meat, produce and take-out food are still allowed, as heavy as plastic bags often distributed by clothing retailers.
A similar ban came into effect in Los Angeles on New Year\'s Day.
San Francisco passed the ban on 2007, the first city in the country to pass it.
In their study, Sinclair and other scientists collected bags from shoppers in California and Arizona, provided them with a replacement bag or money as compensation, and wiped the bags for any contamination.
Shoppers are also asked how often they use and wash their bags.
Sinclair suggested using these bags as the dirtiest laundry and cleaning them in hot water with detergent and disinfectant.
He said that he put his bag in the washing machine with socks and underwear, and even the polyurethane bag can be washed five or six times before it starts to fall off.
Sinclair says it\'s a good strategy to put bags in the washer and dryer about once a week.
Cleaning with a spray cleaner and cloth is ineffective, he said, because it is easy to miss the dirt in the corners and deep in the creases.
This study suggests that the public have more awareness of washing reusable bags, and manufacturers print washing guides on bags.
After the study was published, Sinclair and other authors received some criticism because the US chemical Commission paid part of the cost for the study.
Trade Organization members who make thinner, oil on behalf of it oppose reusable shopping bags
Based on plastic bags.
Sinclair said he did not know the association\'s support until after the study was published, and that the money would not affect the results or suggestions of the study.
\"Personally, my suggestion is to use reusable bags, but just clean it.
It\'s not a big deal, \"he said.
At the grocery store, Sinclair suggests that if the store has a shopping cart, shoppers can use a clean wipes and wash the food before going home to store it.
Separate bags should also be used for meat and vegetables.
Betsy Hamms of Palm Springs grabbed a shopping cart outside of Yansen and put her reusable bag at the bottom.
She said she worked very hard to clean the bag with a spray cleaner and then threw it away after washing it several times.
Before entering the store, Hammes took disinfection water from the dispenser to wipe and cleaned the shopping cart handle.
\"I always do that,\" she said . \".
\"You didn\'t know who was using it before.