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Wash Your Bags -- Or Else

Rthuba Wrote: Feb 10, 2013 8:53 AM
No more plastic bags = good. we will play with different bags that infect people. Or bring back our roach overlords if paper with glue... until one day in the future we find a bag we would have found anyway. Horray progress!
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...