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Reusable grocery bags may be good for the environment, but they’re not always good for your health. The eco-friendly ‘bag for life’ is a potentially powerful breeding ground for harmful bacteria.
As many as a million people a year in the UK suffer from food poisoning. The most common cause is Campylobacter, an organism found in almost two-thirds of all chicken sold and responsible for an estimated 460,000 cases, 22,000 hospitalisations and 110 deaths in England and Wales every year.
Studies have shown that Campylobacter is not declining, despite vigorous efforts by the Food Standards Agency to reduce the number of infections. Even a very small amount of contamination can cause a very unpleasant, if not life-threatening illness.
One of the most common ways of Campylobacter infection is cross-contamination during your weekly shopping trip. It is very easy to spread bacteria from meat, fish, or poultry to other foodstuffs in your bags – that’s why it is important that meat should always be packed separately.
Biomaster is an innovative antimicrobial technology designed to help reduce the problem of cross-contamination during grocery shopping – a reusable bag for raw meat that you can use for life, safely.
Developed by Addmaster (UK) Ltd. and made exclusively by UK bag manufacturers Solent Group, the Biomaster anti-bacteria bag is treated with technology proven to inhibit the growth of bacteria that might transfer between your bag and your groceries.
When bacteria comes into contact a Biomaster surface it is unable to replicate, and therefore dies. The active agent in Biomaster is built into the bag during the manufacturing process, so the protection lasts for the useful lifetime of the bag.
Addmaster Managing Director Paul Morris explains: “The Biomaster protected Bag for Life is another innovation from our UK team which provides additional antibacterial protection for consumers. “Multi-use bags which can carry raw meat one week and vegetables or clothing the next is a concern of many industry experts; this bag provides a solution to the problem. Having a Biomaster protection built into the bag is an easy way to help to reduce the likelihood of cross infection of dangerous bacteria such as campylobacter when purchasing and handling food”.The Biomaster anti-bacterial Bag for Life was shown for the first time this week at the Food Standard Agency’s official press launch for Food Safety Week.
*Please note that Addmaster was acquired by the Polygiene Group AB in January 2021, so all news articles prior to that date will still be branded as Addmaster.