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Hi Everyone,<br><br>
I went to WINCO Foods today, a Western United States grocery store chain. I reused some plastic grocery bags I had for brocolli and some bulk items I bought. The cashier stated the chain now has a new policy and is no longer allowing any reuse of bags for produce or bulk items.<br><br>
She also mentioned she has heard of some group challenging the use of even shopping bags made of fabric and other materials. I make my own shopping bags and had even considered making some produce bags. This is not the only place I shop. I usually go there about every 2 months for stock up on items because they have good prices. I wonder though if this may become a trend.<br><br>
I'll be attempting to bag as little produce there as possible. Some things are kind of hard though, like broccoli crowns.<br><br>
Anyone else run into this? Any thoughts or opinions?
 

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I've reused produce bags for many years. Never heard of what you experienced although the baggers where I shop usually ask if I want to throw away the unused ones they find in my larger bags.
 

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I would think it'd be health and safety reasons, right? People could go home and droll in the bags or something, and then use the shovel scoops and put them in the bags and get germs on them. Like at Disneyland, they have these souvenir popcorn buckets. When you get them refilled, they use the scoop to put popcorn in a regular paper bucket, and then pour that bucket into the reusable bucket, so they don't spread the germs back to the scoop. I'd imagine it's a similar reason to WinCo's stance.
 

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This is an example of companies being worried about liability. I saw a great documentary about a group of people that would dumpster dive and take all the food about to expire and they would haul so much food. I see both sides. I can't blame the corporations in this particular respect. People sue over everything and it makes it so hard to do the right thing. There is so much food that goes to waste, but there are those people that will sue, if they get sick. I don't have the answer. I see how it makes no sense, but companies have to be careful. It just sucks. I wish the laws would be more strict for people suing, but at that same time, I am sure if you were someone that got sick from a company being negligent you might want to sue. It is just a very tough situation. It would be awesome if everyone changed their mentality and looked out for the good of society, but that will not happen at this point in time. I am not a huge waster, but definitely need to get better and am trying to do more.
 

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Thanks for your replies everyone. I did forget to mention, the cashier stated that someone had "gotten sick" from reusing bags. So this was now a company policy. I'm thinking they didn't let them dry like I do. Perhaps got moldy or something.<br><br>
I can see the point of cross contamination. Of coarse there are people's hands which are very often far from clean. I've also heard of germs being found on shopping carts. I don't have the answer but I never had problems personally with reusing my bags. I understand too the point of people being sue happy. Some certainly are.
 

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Yay, another wincoer, I love winco.<br><br>
This doesnt surprise me in the least. All markets receive produce contaminated with salmonella, E. coli, et al. from time to time and that funk further breeds in the bags, not to mention it is flu season now too, and reusing the bags would contaminate other produce as well as bulk foods. (For those not familiar with winco they have lots of barrels of bulk foods you load into bags, excellent prices that way).<br>
They just want to eliminate any disease vector they <i>can</i> eliminate.<br>
I reuse the produce bags at home for non-food stuff, like compost scraps or when I go medicinal plant hunting and such so they do at least get a second use, usually. Just not for food.<br><br>
Banning fabric grocery bags is another thing all together as that people dont load them until checkout.
 

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The cross contamination and safety precautions make sense now. There were some news stories not too long ago reporting on how filthy unwashed cloth resusable bags were from people buying raw meat and the juices/blood dripping all over the bags.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/spew.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":spew:">
 

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The cross contamination and safety precautions make sense now. There were some news stories not too long ago reporting on how filthy unwashed cloth resusable bags were from people buying raw meat and the juices/blood dripping all over the bags.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/spew.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":spew:"></div>
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Eww. And sad. Glad that's not me. Maybe it's time for a wash of my homemade canvas bags. Even if they do hold vegan items only.
 

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Glad I live in the Netherlands where we don't have this none sense. Here no one cares about this sort of thing at all, and they're right not to care <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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suprised to hear that one....they let you re-use at my local stores.....but they nicely suggest when they feel you may need a new one or to clean up your re-useable bags......I only use re-able green bags and I always wipe them out and clean them up even though I dont allow meat products in them......but I recently was in line and it was kindly suggested to the couple in front of me to clean out their bags because they were coated with sticky junk and what looked to be meat juices they got their nose outta joint but pitched the bags and bought new ones for safeties sake.<br><br>
peace & love<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Glad I live in the Netherlands where we don't have this none sense. Here no one cares about this sort of thing at all, and they're right not to care <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"></div>
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No one cares about using reusable bags? Or no one cares about contamination?
 

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In my city, we get charged for plastic shopping bags, so there would be a revolt if you couldn't bring cloth ones <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I'll bet that if you continue to bag things the way you want to the worst thing that will happen is you will be occasionally reminded of store policy at the checkout. Just nod your head and say, "my goodness! That's fascinating!"
 

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In my city, we get charged for plastic shopping bags, so there would be a revolt if you couldn't bring cloth ones <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"></div>
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There's a fee to use your own bags? Some stores here actually give you a discount if you use your own bags.
 

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I don't reuse the plastic bags in the store. I use them to clean up after my dog.<br><br>
Please throw your cloth bags in the washer occasionally. Even if you don't buy things that leak nasty juices, the person who checked out before you may have.
 

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No one cares about using reusable bags? Or no one cares about contamination?</div>
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No one cares about some of the mentioned issues, such as contamination. Re-use is considered a good thing, and the supermarket around the corner (where I live) has given away free cloth shopping bags to many of it's customers.
 

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No one cares about some of the mentioned issues, such as contamination. Re-use is considered a good thing, and the supermarket around the corner (where I live) has given away free cloth shopping bags to many of it's customers.</div>
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Gotcha. Thanks. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I'll bet that if you continue to bag things the way you want to the worst thing that will happen is you will be occasionally reminded of store policy at the checkout. Just nod your head and say, "my goodness! That's fascinating!"</div>
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I like your style! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> But now I'm paranoid to reuse the plastic produce bags even in other stores. I'm sure the food co-op wouldn't have a problem.<br><br>
Good point rockette79. I just washed my canvas bags.
 
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