On the heels of the third largest meat recall in U.S. history last week because of salmonella, fresh strawberries sold at farm stands and farmer markets in Oregon has sickened several people with E. coli.
With all the news lately about foodborne illnesses related to salmonella and E. coli, many wonder what’s safe to eat these days. Believe it or not, bacteria in raw meat and fresh produce are very common. Harmful bacteria in meat products are destroyed during the cooking process. Fresh fruits and vegetables can also contain harmful bacteria, that’s why proper handling and washing before consumption is important. Think about all the strawberries you might have eaten while picking your own out of a patch. Even organic produce is susceptible to bacteria.
Whether you buy your fresh produce from a local farmer’s market or large chain supermarket, it’s important to properly wash fruits and vegetables before eating. In fact, we encourage you to stock up now on fruits and vegetables to store and freeze for later use. Not only is it more economical to buy produce in season, they also make great additions to favorite family recipes later.
Regardless of when and how much fresh produce you choose to buy, following some basic cleaning and handling techniques goes a long way in making fresh produce safe to eat:
- Make sure counter tops, cutting utensils and surfaces are clean.
- Thoroughly wash hands before handling produce.
- Avoid purchasing badly bruised, moldy or mushy produce.
- Trim stalks and stems before washing, as germs can bury themselves in tiny crevices.
- Rinds or outer skins also need washed. Dirt, bacteria and pesticides can be transferred inside fruits and vegetables when cutting.
- It’s just as important to wash pre-cut and packaged produce.
- Spray with a soy-based fruit and vegetable cleanser and follow with a short soak and rinse.
- No need to agitate as the soy micro particles naturally does the work for you.
Rinsing fruits and vegetables in water is often not enough to remove all harmful bacteria. People don’t rinse long enough or use enough rubbing force for water to be completely effective. The great thing about using a soy-based fruit and vegetable cleanser is it naturally removes 99 percent of bacteria, pesticides, dirt, wax, and fingerprints. Enjoy more vibrant looking and safe to eat produce. A soy-based cleanser can also be used on cutting boards and other food preparation areas as another line of defense against harmful bacteria.
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