Emails, Caroline Espinosa, director of communications, Texas Public Policy Foundation, Nov. 16 and 22, 2016

On 11/16/16, 11:26 AM, "Selby, Gardner (CMG-Austin)" wrote:

 

I wrap up that fact check soon so if your experts have thoughts or data to share, fire at me?

 

Otherwise, and for a different fact check, I write to seek James Quintero’s factual backup for his statement at SXSW Eco on Oct. 10 about San Francisco’s ban on plastic bags. Quintero said then: “There are health consequences. I believe this is in San Francisco: When they enacted their bag ban, you saw the number of instances of people going to the ER with things like salmonella and other related illnesses—you saw that number spike.”

 

Thanks again,

 

g.

W. Gardner Selby

Reporter / News

Austin American-Statesman

PolitiFact Texas

12:22 p.m.

I don’t have anything for you on the student aid. But on the second one, here is the research:

 

https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2196481

 

Caroline M. Espinosa

Director of Communications

Texas Public Policy Foundation

http://www.foodlegal.com.au/uploads/Cross%20contamination%20of%20reusable%20shopping%20bags_i171.pdf

On 11/22/16, 11:33 AM, "Selby, Gardner (CMG-Austin)" wrote:

 

Caroline:

 

Hello again.

 

I have had a chance to read the cited paper and the memo of response issued by a San Francisco County official, which basically says the paper’s conclusions were unwarranted. I haven’t heard back from the professors who wrote that paper. Separately, Dr. Philip Huang, a Travis County medical official, told me by phone the Penn paper didn’t have sufficient data to reach the declared conclusions.

 

Anything else for us to consider as we work on this fact check? I hope to wrap up today.

 

g.

W. Gardner Selby

Reporter / News

Austin American-Statesman

PolitiFact Texas

12:55 p.m.

Nov. 22, 2016

Here’s another study from the University of Arizona: https://uanews.arizona.edu/story/reusable-grocery-bags-contaminated-with-e-coli-other-bacteria

 

http://www.foodlegal.com.au/uploads/Cross%20contamination%20of%20reusable%20shopping%20bags_i171.pdf

 

You may also want to consider this LA Times story: http://articles.latimes.com/2012/may/09/news/la-heb-grocery-bag-diarrhea-20120509

 

Caroline M. Espinosa

Director of Communications

Texas Public Policy Foundation