(NEW YORK) -- Reusable bags sold as alternatives to disposable plastic and paper shopping bags possessed dangerous levels of lead, according to test results provided to USA Today. After testing 71 bags from 44 retailers and organizations, Frontier Global Sciences for the Center for Consumer Freedom found that bags sold at chains like Safeway, Walgreen's and Bloom had lead content above 100 parts per million.
Both Safeway and Bloom stores have ceased the sale of bags containing lead while waiting to hear more from bag manufacturers.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration plans to investigate more into the matter, reports USA Today. But FDA spokesman Douglas Karas says the agency will need more time to review the test results. Still, Karas says that lead in some bags "would present little or no likelihood of migration to (packaged) food."
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