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Bag ban hazardous to community health?

Dear Editor:

As I read the article titled “Killer cantaloupe” in last Friday’s Glenwood Springs Post Independent, I couldn’t help wondering if our area governments are aware of the listeria outbreak.

Aspen wants to outright ban plastic bags while Basalt has decided to tax them, all in an effort to encourage the use of cloth reusable bags. Will we have to implement the “bag police” to enforce sanitary conditions for these reusable bags?

In the article, the CDC recommends washing your shelf or drawer to avoid contamination, but makes no mention of the bag the item was brought home in. The CDC also suggests keeping your refrigerator below 40 degrees, because higher temperatures breed germs.

Have you ever left your unwashed reusable bags in your car during the summer? Think of the bacteria growing in that heat! I’m wondering if any of our local politicians has had it cross their minds that perhaps the listeria outbreak is a case of an organic melon, bought at a farmers market, being transported into a grocery store in a reusable bag, and not the other way around?

Please keep these issues in mind as the government mandates you eliminate sanitary, disposable plastic for transporting your groceries, while providing free disposable plastic bags to protect your dog crap.

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No hypocrisy there!

Kevin Harris

Basalt