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@$:Contrary to the point made in a Nov. 16 letter [“Reusable bags pose health risk”], reusable bags do not pose any such thing.

The study cited by the letter writer was funded by the American Chemical Council. The American Chemical Council is — you guessed it — the trade group that advocates for plastic bag manufacturers.

The study looked at only 84 bags from just two states, California and Arizona. Regarding the bacteria found in the bags, a Consumers Union’s senior staff scientist stated, “A person eating an average bag of salad greens gets more exposure to these bacteria than if they had licked the insides of the dirtiest bag from this study.”

Of course, consumers can and will wash reusable bags if they get dirty. And common sense dictates that shoppers should not throw unwrapped pieces of meat, fish, poultry or raw foods into any shopping bag. That’s why stores supply plastic bags in the produce and meat, fish and poultry sections of the store.

And, under the county’s new law, shoppers will not be charged anything for those bags.

Check out the answers to many other consumer questions about the bag law at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/bag.

Patrick Lacefield, Rockville

The writer is the director of the Montgomery County Office of Public Information.