Updated January 29 at 9:29pm
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CVS recalls reusable bags after tests reveal elevated levels of lead

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TAMPA – CVS Caremark Corp. is recalling its 99 cent, green reusable bags after tests revealed that the bag contained elevated levels of lead, Tampa Bay Online reported Friday.

The recall only affects one line of reusable bags, which are square and made of a mesh-like material, TBO said, noting that the move comes after a Tampa Tribune investigation found several grocery stores were selling bags with levels of lead that could require handling as hazardous waste when thrown out.

CVS officials declined to say how much lead was in the bag but said levels exceeded 100 parts per million, surpassing the federal standards limit of 90 parts per million.

“There is no evidence that the use of this bag is harmful to consumers,” CVS said in a statement to the Tribune. “It is being voluntarily recalled as a matter of precaution.”

Grocer Winn-Dixie also voluntarily stopped selling a bag that had elevated levels of lead. Both CVS and Winn-Dixie are issuing full refunds for the bags.

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