A separate bag should be used to carry raw fish and meat instead of reusable “bags for life,” alerts new guideline from Food Standards Agency (FSA).
The official website of FSA writes such bags may spread deadly food poisoning bacteria if raw foods are carried in it.
The food safety watchdog’s latest advice aims at reducing the risk of “cross-contamination” of bacteria and encouraging people to maintain hygiene practices while buying food products at supermarkets.
E coli, campylobacter and other such deadly bugs causes stomach bugs and these gets easily transferred from outside of packaging if plastic bags are reused.
The website adds such reusable bags should be labeled differently so that consumers understand for what purpose it should be used and avoid mix-up.
About cotton bags the food safety watchdog writes should be machine-washed to keep it hygienic.
Plastic bags should be replaced if found with visible soiling, damage or spillage.
FSA updated its website with new guidance for food safety in the month of August, but there were little publicity to alert consumers.
The important part new guidance read, “Ideally, you should have enough bags to carry raw foods, ready-to-eat foods and non-food items such as washing powder separately. Keep enough bags for life for raw foods only and don’t use the same bags again for ready-to-eat foods or for carrying other household items.”
It added that fish, shellfish, meat, lose vegetables with soil on and even eggs usually contain germs on the surface and this causes food poisoning.
Suppliers of such food products are asked to adhere to the strict rules. Very recently 2 Sisters Food Group suspended production at some of its plants after found maintaining poor hygiene standards in investigation conducted by the Guardian.