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Shoppers shrug off fears about toxic reusable bags

By the Associated Press

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - Lead found in some reusable shopping bags is creating a stir at the supermarket checkout and in Congress.

It's less about whether the toxin might rub off on food and more about whether it could accumulate in landfills and create an environmental hazard.

But since the whole point of the bags is that they're to be kept, not tossed out, some shoppers say there's little risk of an imminent toxic catastrophe.

The Rochester, N.Y.-based Wegmans chain halted sales of two styles of reusable bags in September after tests found they contained potentially unsafe levels of lead.

Wegmans urged customers to return the bags for replacement when they're no longer useful but hasn't decided yet how it will dispose of them.

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