Food Standards Agency (FSA) has updated its website with an alert for consumers to avoid reusable bags for life for carrying raw foods like fish and meat.
The agency suggests to use separate bags for raw meat, non-food items and ready-to-eat food items.
It added that bags for life should also be cleaned regularly in order to reduce bacteria in it.
The website writes, “Raw foods (raw meat, raw fish, loose vegetables with soil on, and eggs) can contain germs that cause food poisoning.”
Bags for life became a common carrier of food items from October 2015 in England when high street supermarkets started charging for plastic bags.
With the policy of charging for plastic bags use of it dropped by 85 percent. It was earlier successful in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
The FSA website adds that packing bread, cheese, cooked meats and other such ready-to-eat foods in such bags can lead to the germs spreading. The spreading is further increased if there are any spillages or leaks.
To remain safe it is better to pack raw foods separately, in separate bags, which could be a plastic bag provided by the shop.