Govt. Wants to Kill You Dept.: Plastic bag ban spikes E. coli infections

Gas mask - wikipediaFeb. 12, 2013

By John Seiler

Government always tells us that its laws and edicts make our lives better. That we’ll be healthier, happier and wiser. Now this:

“SAN FRANCISCO — Is your tote bag making you sick?

“A research paper published last year by professors at the University of Pennsylvania and George Mason University found San Francisco’s ban on plastic bags has had significant negative repercussions on public health.

“The study, released in August, found a spike in San Francisco hospital emergency room treatment due to E. coli infections and a 46 percent increase in deaths from foodborne illness in the three months after the bag ban went into effect in 2007. E. coli bacteria, common in the human intestine and frequent suspects in food poisoning, can range from harmless to lethal.

“Laws against plastic bags often encourage the use of reusable totes to transport groceries. But as people tend to neglect washing those bags, increased food contamination becomes likely.

“‘Using standard estimates of the statistical value of life,'” the study’s authors point out dryly, “‘we show that the health costs associated with the San Francisco ban swamp any budgetary savings from reduced litter.'”

This is a microcosm of what government generally does. It intends one thing but the opposite happens.



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  1. Hondo
    Hondo 12 February, 2013, 13:11

    I use my plastic shopping bags three times. The first is to carry my food home. The second is in place of suran wrap to store food in the fridge. Then they are used as garbage bags.
    I think I’ll use it a fourth way by stuffing them into the mouth of a democrat so they can die a quicker, more pleasant death of asphyxiation, rather than by dying a long hard death from E coli.

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  2. Hondo
    Hondo 12 February, 2013, 13:12

    Just kidding.

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  3. us citizen
    us citizen 12 February, 2013, 16:41


    Another case of, lets not let the consumer have a choice…………

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  4. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 14 February, 2013, 20:59

    Then let’s replace the plastic grocery bags with paper bags. I request paper over plastic whenever I get a choice. There are so many more uses for the paper and it is ecologically better for the planet. There are still many uses for plastic, other than carrying groceries.

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  5. mary
    mary 3 March, 2013, 13:47

    question, who stands to make money on this change? do plastics of any kind count?freezer bags,plastic bubble wrap,plastic diapers plastic sheets.i could name many more.different grade of plastic same about all that cheap rubber plastic crap imported from china.i use plastic bags for my cat litter box.paper is not practical and a lot more unsanitary.i don’t have a dispoable so i put old leftover food in plastic,that way nothing is open in the trash and want fill comes from a lot of dumps that,s where my trash is taken.recycable paper bags do not hold up.what will you do when environmentalist holler about the trees being they surely will again.if you read this i thank you, if you don’t like my opinion, tough

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