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Call for Federal Investigation on Imported Resuable Bags - Environmental Bag Update

Lead, a toxic heavy metal, found in imported reusable bags has sparked major media attention with grocery chains scrambling to pull questionable reusable bags from their stores. The imported bags may seem less costly, but the risks often outweigh the benefits and can cost the environment more in the end.
Senator Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., is asking for a Federal investigation into reusable bags.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), no matter how small, exposure to lead is never good. The CDC states, "Lead poisoning can affect nearly every system in the body. Because lead poisoning often occurs with no obvious symptoms, it frequently goes unrecognized."

A week ago, USA today reported on Senator Charles Schumer's call for federal action into these reusable bags following a series by The Tampa Tribune. Schumer stated, "Federal agencies need to put a ban in place for reusable bags that have lead in them...Any situation where lead in bags are coming into contact with the food being purchased by Americans needs to be immediately investigated and resolved.'' The Tampa Tribune found lead in bags purchased at Winn-Dixie, Publix, Sweetbay, Walmart and Target."

Read more at USA Today...

More recently, the Examiner reported, ''CVS recall on reusable bags due to lead toxins.'' Read more at Examiner.com...

. In another test by CTV News in British Columbia said it found ''small amounts of lead'' in a random sample of bags from IGA, Whole Foods, Thrifty Foods and Toys R Us. Read more at Super Market News...

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