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Separate ready-to-eat foods from raw meats, poultry, seafood and eggs, and use separate cutting boards and utensils to reduce the risk of food poisoning.

Reusable Grocery Tote Safety

Reusable cloth grocery totes are convenient and environmentally friendly, but could they be making you sick?

Reduce Your Risk of Food Poisoning with These Tips from Home Food Safety:reusable grocery bags in car
  • Place fresh or frozen raw meat, poultry and fish in separate totes from produce and ready-to-eat foods.
  • Wash your grocery tote frequently in the washing machine or by hand with hot, soapy water.
  • Clean all areas where you place your totes, such as kitchen counter or table, to reduce cross contamination.
  • When shopping, put meat, poultry and fish in separate plastic bags before placing in the tote. This will help prevent juices from leaking and contaminating your reusable bags and food.
  • Store totes in a clean, dry location. Avoid leaving totes in the trunk of a vehicle.