THE state's new plastic bag ban will increase the risk of cross-contamination and check-out rage, the Australian Retailers Association says.
Executive director Richard Evans says banning single-use plastic bags has introduced hygiene concerns and safety issues for supermarket staff.
"Consumers will be forced to bring their own bags to carry grocery items from supermarkets and other retail outlets, increasing the risk of infection from cross-contamination," he says.
"Bags that may have been used to carry raw chicken one day, may very well be the same bag carrying fresh fruit the next day.
"This is a potentially major health concern and the SA Government must take on the responsibility of educating consumers about how to avoid possible risks of infection."
Mr Evans says frontline retail staff are forced to bear the brunt of consumer frustration about the ban.
"There have already been reports of frustration and abuse at the checkouts and registers, highlighting occupational health and safety concerns for retail staff who are often young and inexperienced," he says.
Most AdelaideNow readers are unhappy about the bag ban, contradicting retailers' reports that shoppers embraced the statewide ban introduced yesterday.
Cerewet oooo manusia kat sini. Macam kisah Bani Israel dan Nabi Musa a.s. (ye ke...). Banyak komplen.
Yang bagus pasal gomen ni, sabar... kalau rakyat komplen, slow-slow tanya. Kalau betul, ikut. Kalau tak, kasi educate.
Aku ingat kalau buat kat Malaysia, samada terus buat atau pun rakyat buat tak tau je (hahaha...). Takde komplen-komplen cenggini. You do it or you do not!
Cuma satu benda je kat Malaysia yang sibuk komplen... Ko tak reti memerintah, aku reti memerintah. Politik daaa... apa lagi? Mana ada masa nak komplen benda lain dah.