reusable grocery bags have Lead Paint!

United States
November 15, 2010 9:55am CST
Like the article mentions http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/15/charles-schumer-reusable-_n_783489.html we are all trying to eat better & live a lil greener. But you know it's annoying when everytime you buy something you have to worry will it get recalled? will it have lead? will it have any other issue? You don't think that your grocery bag will have lead in it and we certainly don't want anything with lead in it near something we will consume. I wish the government would tighten up some regulations on lead content in any product the consumer will be exposed to it in one way or another.
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12 responses
• United States
15 Nov 10
Totally amazing and never ceases to amaze. That while the countries enforce a product they forget to tighten the manufacturing. It is not until the product is out for a bit that the manufacturers discover that their products contains something that will not in fact be helpful, but harm in the process. What is up with competition that they have to be so popular to the point that certain elements do not get closely monitored before and not after the product is released. Shame though that credibility becomes a factor and accountability gets tainted.
@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
15 Nov 10
You can say that again! The list of recalls is absolutely ridiculous! It seems nothing is safe anymore.
• United States
17 Nov 10
And you know if I could grow my own food and have the ability to store it year round I would. But you know even going that route you can't always produce everything yourself anymore, as we are not as self sufficient as generations before. Sadly they wonder why there are so many new things like Autisim, Dementia and the old standby of Cancer and Diabetes numbers keep becoming more common place.
• United States
17 Nov 10
Yeah we've gotten too used to convenience. Since I began working towards getting healthier, I've spent more time reading nutrition labels and ingredients on foods I eat. It amazes me what is put into some of these things. I mean, can you believe bread has high fructose corn syrup? Talk about the rise of diabetes... people who have diabetes apparently aren't allowed to eat anything because there's sugar is EVERYTHING!! I mean bread? Seriously?
@Hatley (164671)
• Garden Grove, California
17 Nov 10
3SnuggleBunnies thats so stupid of them to p ut any lead into a grocery bag that will contact food we consume. I cannot believe somne of the things that they will allow specially stuff that is so poisonous. How do they really know how much lead is safe, why not no lead? I wish they would adopt a no lead in anything that we consume or even comes close to food.
• United States
17 Nov 10
I think a NO LEAD in anything period policy! It seems even if we'd use it for something we'd not consume there is still fear of us ingesting it in some way or another. I understand it's very pliable and has many uses but if there is so much risk why use it other than in the name of PROFITS!
@gdesjardin (1938)
• United States
16 Nov 10
I have always hated those plastic bags...hate um, hate um, hate um. I wish they would have stayed with the paper bags, those can be recycled as well, and more healthier to the environment that those crappy plastic bags. I use bring my own recycle bags to the grocery store (because I don't want to bring those plastic bags home). Go figure that they know found lead in the bags...oh gosh!! The reuseable bags are great, they hold more and never tear. I sometimes forget to bring them with me, but other than that, they are great to use.
• United States
16 Nov 10
I wanted to add, that the ones I use are handmade (not my me) but they are made of heavy duty fabric and I also have one that is made out of recycled old jeans.
@SomeCowgirl (32271)
• United States
3 Jul 11
Well that makes me feel a bit weary. I don't use reuseable bags but do plan to do so. I know some people do use the plastic bags to wrap their frutis and veggies in but many others don't, I guess now they will. You don't think there will be lead in something like this and when you find out there is you think "what in the world were they thinking?"
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
18 Nov 10
All of the recalls that we've seen in the past several years regarding lead based paint have never ceased to amaze me. That said, I try to be as healthy as I can, but reusable grocery bags have not been one of the things that I've had the opportunity to embrace. The main reason that I've not embraced them yet is because of the fact that I can never seem to remember to take them with me when I go to the grocery store.
@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
15 Nov 10
If it isn't one thing, it's another...
@Jennlk84 (4219)
• United States
15 Nov 10
I saw an article about this today! I couldn't believe it. I don't solely use reusable bags (I use a mixture of those and plastic bags) but it does scare me a bit now about using them! I guess you can never just fully trust everything, unfortunately.
@bunnybon7 (35900)
• Holiday, Florida
15 Nov 10
that sucks. and it figures. my son says everyone and every business is using the leased costly things to produce everything and i think hes right but its going to cost more of us with our health in the end. apparently lead is a very low grade metel
• United States
15 Nov 10
They've known this for years that some of the inks and dyes used in plastic bags contain lead. I doubt very much that anything will change. I doubt that you'll see plastic bags suddenly pulled out of all stores. The sad reality is we use these bags daily and stores are not going to stop using them. Yes, more stores are also offering eco-friendly bags but that does not mean they are going to pull their plastic ones just because of lead contamination. All I can encourage others to do is to use reusuable cloth bags. Make sure you are reading labels because not all 'reusable' bags are the same. Some have the same dye issues as the plastic bags. Namaste-Anora
@cynthiann (18619)
• Jamaica
15 Nov 10
Lead contamination in my country is a mega issue and not much is being done about it. Children affected are in serious problems with regards to health and their ability to learn. Why can't governments get things right? sometimes they lose sight of the priorities in life. People want to work, have a home be able to have health care and a pension at retirement. That is what the majority of the people want plus education for al children.
@dragon54u (31605)
• United States
15 Nov 10
It's high time that we start manufacturing things again, then we can be sure of the quality and safety. There are also people getting sick from reusable bags because they don't wash them. Bacteria from meats and produce accumulate in the bags and get on your other foods if you don't wash them regularly.