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Wash Your Bags -- Or Else

Ms Kelly Wrote: Feb 10, 2013 1:42 AM
San Francisco health officer Tomas Aragon reviewed Klick and Wright's paper and found "a biologically plausible hypothesis" but "sloppy" research. So a government worker did not support criticism of a government policy? Somehow that does not surprise me. It’s almost laughable for a gov. bureaucrat to talk about sloppy research. Remember global warming? I’m sure their next move will be to fine and imprison those who don’t wash their reusable bags. Maybe the will put cameras in everyone's laundry room.
San Francisco passed America's first ban on plastic bags in chain groceries and drugstores in 2007. In a research paper for the Institute for Law and Economics, law professors Jonathan Klick and Joshua Wright crunched state and federal data on emergency room admissions and food-borne illness deaths and figured that the San Francisco ban "led to an increase in infections immediately upon implementation."

They found a 46 percent rise in food-borne illness deaths. The bottom line: "Our results suggest that the San Francisco ban led to, conservatively, 5.4 annual additional deaths."

So is San Francisco's bag ban a killer? Conceivably, yes, but probably...