TAMPA, Fla. (AP) --
Publix officials will revamp their lineup of reusable grocery bags after an investigation found elevated levels of lead in the material of some bags.
More than a dozen bags from major grocers were tested, and it was found that certain bags sold in Winn-Dixie and Publix stores had levels of lead that concerned health officials. Some bags had enough lead that they could be considered hazardous waste if residents put them in their household trash.
Publix officials stress their bags comply with current federal
laws regarding lead content. The newspaper reported Thursday, November 11 that Publix is asking suppliers to find ways to make bags with less lead. A message left with Winn-Dixie's corporate communications office was not immediately returned.
Lead is considered a toxin and can cause learning disabilities
in children and fertility problems in adults.