Tests find toxic danger in reuseable grocery bags

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by GARY CHITTIM / KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on January 25, 2011 at 6:49 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 4 at 10:44 AM

SEATTLE -- Your reuseable grocery bag might contain something dangerous, even if you just bought it. Tests have found lead in some bags produced in China.

The Washington, D.C-based Center for Consumer Freedom tested bags at 44 major retailers. Of those, it says 16 were selling bags containing lead in excess of safety standards.

Some of those stores, including Safeway, have removed the bags containing lead. Safeway says only one brand of the several types of bags it offers tested positive.

The CCF, which openly fights bans on plastic bags, says this shows the alternatives can be even more dangerous.

"We entirely disagree. We have a feeling if you went and just tested regular plastic bags and looked at the ink on those, you would also find lead. This is just a problem in America with lead being in our products," said Heather Trim with Zero Waste Seattle.

The tests found lead only in the Chinese-made nonwoven polypropylene bags, not the more popular cloth bags.

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