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LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 21: Food 4 Less grocery store general clerk Xochil Montenegro hands out a free reusable shopping bag, supplied by the California Grocers Association (CGA) and the City of Los Angeles, to a customer in observance of Earth Day, on the eve of Earth Day, April 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. During the two-day program, 50,000 bags are being handed out at about 40 grocery stores to encourage consumers to use reusable bags instead of disposable plastic or paper bags. The use of reusable bag has increased since a statewide plastic bag recycling law was enacted in July 2007 requiring grocers to provide in-store plastic bag recycling and to sell reusable shopping bags. Some communities have banned disposable plastic grocery bags. The free bags provided by the CGA and the city are made of 100% recycled water, soda and food containers. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Headed to the grocery store?

Great, but before you go, you might want to ask yourself a serious question.

Are you sitting down?

There’s something you probably don’t know about your reusable shopping bag and it could be making you ill.

The question you need to ask yourself is, is my reusable shopping bag clean?

A recent study conducted in Arizona and California revealed concerning information about your reusable shopping bags.

In truth, they pose a danger to your overall health.

That’s because most reusable bags contain harmful bacteria.

You didn’t realize you were going to the store to bring home bacteria did you?

The study, published on the WISN12 website, concluded that many bags tested contained caliform.

Additionally, 8 percent tested positive for E. Coli.

That’s because when you pack your bags at the store, the bags absorb bacteria on common grocery items such as meat and fruit.

To reduce the likelihood of falling ill after grocery shopping, make sure to wash and dry your reusable bags. Doing so can reduce bacteria by up to 99 percent.

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