I’ve reported on other studies that say the same thing, but God I love this stuff: reusable grocery bags infecting, even killing shoppers.
Recently, many jurisdictions have implemented bans or imposed taxes upon plastic grocery bags on environmental grounds. San Francisco County was the first major US jurisdiction to enact such a regulation, implementing a ban in 2007. There is evidence, however, that reusable grocery bags, a common substitute for plastic bags, contain potentially harmful bacteria. We examine emergency room admissions related to these bacteria in the wake of the San Francisco ban. We find that ER visits spiked when the ban went into effect. Relative to other counties, ER admissions increase by at least one fourth, and deaths exhibit a similar increase.
Laws screwing up normal people’s lives are enacted by effete metrosexuals living in tiny, “sustainable” apartments, who walk to their Whole Foods in their Birkenstocks and pay $15 for a glass of wheat berry juice, then presume to prescribe rules for living for the rest of us. They do not buy in bulk because they don’t have four kids and they sure as hell don’t have a car large enough to carry home anything larger than a single roll of organic, recycled toilet paper.
Or they live in an Al Gore – sized mansion and send servants out to pick up their needs.