Bags question

Bags question

Bags question

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I HEAR the Government plans to make supermarkets charge 5p for carrier bags to cut down on use of plastic bags.

But unless fresh meat bought is in different-coloured bags, someone could re-use a bag previously used for meat to carry home something like bread.

You don’t wash bread first, so there is a big risk of cross contamination.

How is this scheme going to work?

Wojciech Simpson, Chestnut Grove, New Earswick, York.

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12:41pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Big Bad Wolf says...

They will soon learn not to do it again.
Darwins Law.
They will soon learn not to do it again. Darwins Law. Big Bad Wolf
  • Score: 15

2:05pm Fri 6 Jun 14

SpinningJenny says...

How often do you buy raw meat from supermarkets that isn't well-packaged? I can't imagine it would cause any significant number of problems.
How often do you buy raw meat from supermarkets that isn't well-packaged? I can't imagine it would cause any significant number of problems. SpinningJenny
  • Score: 13

2:11pm Fri 6 Jun 14

imassey says...

The same way that people who use the supermarket bags for life manage, I assume. Either think about what they are doing or don't bother at all.

You have got me worried about possible cross contamination the next time I have a chicken sandwich, though.
The same way that people who use the supermarket bags for life manage, I assume. Either think about what they are doing or don't bother at all. You have got me worried about possible cross contamination the next time I have a chicken sandwich, though. imassey
  • Score: 12

2:25pm Fri 6 Jun 14

oi oi savaloy says...

most places that sell meat package it in a plastic bag at the butchers counter, with the cellophane seal around the top ,i gather this will not be included in the till bag charge??
most places that sell meat package it in a plastic bag at the butchers counter, with the cellophane seal around the top ,i gather this will not be included in the till bag charge?? oi oi savaloy
  • Score: -28

6:34pm Fri 6 Jun 14

ColdAsChristmas says...

Just another tax! The worst bags were the bio degradable type, you could spend an age with a vacuum cleaner, picking up the bits.
I understand that is is a Green idea. Like putting a brick in your cistern so you use less water when flushing the toilet, leaving some of the germs behind or washing at 30 degrees, leaving the bugs on your linen.
Not be long before the bags are free again. Silly idea.
Just another tax! The worst bags were the bio degradable type, you could spend an age with a vacuum cleaner, picking up the bits. I understand that is is a Green idea. Like putting a brick in your cistern so you use less water when flushing the toilet, leaving some of the germs behind or washing at 30 degrees, leaving the bugs on your linen. Not be long before the bags are free again. Silly idea. ColdAsChristmas
  • Score: -30

6:39pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Pinza-C55 says...

Being as it's a Tory tax, will Waitrose be exempt ?
Being as it's a Tory tax, will Waitrose be exempt ? Pinza-C55
  • Score: 8

7:25pm Fri 6 Jun 14

A.P.Feeders says...

Pinza-C55 wrote:
Being as it's a Tory tax, will Waitrose be exempt ?
What a pathetic comment
[quote][p][bold]Pinza-C55[/bold] wrote: Being as it's a Tory tax, will Waitrose be exempt ?[/p][/quote]What a pathetic comment A.P.Feeders
  • Score: -35

7:38pm Fri 6 Jun 14

bolero says...

Pinza-C55 wrote:
Being as it's a Tory tax, will Waitrose be exempt ?
What a stupid comment. Make it 25p and we might get somewhere. What's 30p for a half dozen bags for £100 plus worth of shopping?
[quote][p][bold]Pinza-C55[/bold] wrote: Being as it's a Tory tax, will Waitrose be exempt ?[/p][/quote]What a stupid comment. Make it 25p and we might get somewhere. What's 30p for a half dozen bags for £100 plus worth of shopping? bolero
  • Score: -47

9:13pm Fri 6 Jun 14

Acomblady says...

At last! I much prefer my own bags anyway. As for cross contamination I simply have allocated bags including washable cotton bags for fresh food.
At last! I much prefer my own bags anyway. As for cross contamination I simply have allocated bags including washable cotton bags for fresh food. Acomblady
  • Score: 10

11:07am Sat 7 Jun 14

TheTruthHurts says...

Well I reuse bags all the time and cant say that i have ever suffered any cross contamination issues, i dont wash the fabric ones very often either!. I guess with all the food poisoning going around out there im just lucky :-)
Well I reuse bags all the time and cant say that i have ever suffered any cross contamination issues, i dont wash the fabric ones very often either!. I guess with all the food poisoning going around out there im just lucky :-) TheTruthHurts
  • Score: 8

12:50am Sun 8 Jun 14

AnotherPointofView says...

SpinningJenny wrote:
How often do you buy raw meat from supermarkets that isn't well-packaged? I can't imagine it would cause any significant number of problems.
It's not uncommon to buy uncooked meat that has clingfilm packaging. Quite often there is some leakage which can lead to contamination. The letter writer does have a point.
[quote][p][bold]SpinningJenny[/bold] wrote: How often do you buy raw meat from supermarkets that isn't well-packaged? I can't imagine it would cause any significant number of problems.[/p][/quote]It's not uncommon to buy uncooked meat that has clingfilm packaging. Quite often there is some leakage which can lead to contamination. The letter writer does have a point. AnotherPointofView
  • Score: -8

3:19pm Mon 9 Jun 14

Big Bad Wolf says...

AnotherPointofView wrote:
SpinningJenny wrote:
How often do you buy raw meat from supermarkets that isn't well-packaged? I can't imagine it would cause any significant number of problems.
It's not uncommon to buy uncooked meat that has clingfilm packaging. Quite often there is some leakage which can lead to contamination. The letter writer does have a point.
Uncooked meat in cling film.... from a supermarket?

Sorry I have never come accross this.All uncooked (and indeed cooked) meat I have seen in supermarkets is in sealed packs or the butcher / deli counter person places it in a sealed bag.

How do you think bags for life work?
[quote][p][bold]AnotherPointofView[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SpinningJenny[/bold] wrote: How often do you buy raw meat from supermarkets that isn't well-packaged? I can't imagine it would cause any significant number of problems.[/p][/quote]It's not uncommon to buy uncooked meat that has clingfilm packaging. Quite often there is some leakage which can lead to contamination. The letter writer does have a point.[/p][/quote]Uncooked meat in cling film.... from a supermarket? Sorry I have never come accross this.All uncooked (and indeed cooked) meat I have seen in supermarkets is in sealed packs or the butcher / deli counter person places it in a sealed bag. How do you think bags for life work? Big Bad Wolf
  • Score: 0

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