2 types of Wegmans bags have elevated lead

Posted: September 11, 2010

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - The Wegmans supermarket chain says it has stopped selling two types of reusable shopping bags after sample testing showed some might have elevated levels of lead.

The company said Friday that the "green pea" and "holiday 2009" designs were safe for customers to continue to use, as the main concern is properly disposing of them. The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reported that Wegmans is not recalling the bags, but customers should return them for replacement at store service desks when they are no longer useful.

The chain has 76 stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, and Maryland. Judy Braiman of Rochesterians Against the Misuse of Pesticides told The Associated Press testing by her group found the green tint on the Chinese-made plastic bags had elevated levels of lead. - AP

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