Lead in Reusable Bags Prompts Call for Probe

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The discovery of lead in some types of reusable grocery bags has prompted lawmakers to call for a federal investigation.

The Tampa Tribune discovered the lead-laden bags at Winn-Dixie, Publix, Sweetbay, Walmart, and Target.
   
The reusable bags, often sold by retailers in place of plastic, are supposed to cut down on waste and save the environment.
   
Ironically, they could leach lead into landfills if thrown out. They could also end up harming you if lead accumulates in your bloodstream over time. The metal is believed to be toxic and can cause learning disabilities in children and fertility problems in adults.

"These bags are relatively new, so if we can get rid of the lead in these bags now, the danger to people is negligible or nonexistent," Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. "If, on the other hand, we keep using these bags and the lead could accumulate, there's a real danger."

Schumer pointed out that many of the reusable grocery bags are made in China. He has called on the Food and Drug Administration Food and Drug Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission to launch an investigation into the matter.

"Federal agencies need to put a ban in place for reusable bags that have lead in them," Schumer said in a statement.

"Any situation where lead bags are coming into contact with the food being purchased by Americans needs to be immediately investigated and resolved," Schumer said in a letter to the FDA.

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