In the current scare over E coli it’s good to remind people to wash their fruit and veg.
However, in 2006 scientists reported that washing with water is not always good enough, especially with crinkled vegetables like lettuce or spinach. The best way, they say, is to use radiation on the food.
The next best treatment is to use a liquid disinfectant, but most people don’t like the idea of using chemicals like chlorine on their food.
Veggi Wash offers an alternative.It is made from edible fruit compounds but is powerful enough to wipe E coli off the surface of a cucumber. The formula has been tested by a number of leading laboratories.
It is not yet fully known if cucumbers are the exact source of the E coli outbreak, or even if the bacteria could be on the surface or inside the vegetable, Organic cucumbers were never the cause of E coli, but it’s helpful to remind readers of the importance of washing any remnant of chemical pesticide, micro organisms, wax, detritus or mould off their fruit and veg.
Basic hygiene won’t deal with contamination if it is inside the produce, but it is good to use common sense precautions to lessen the chances of possible poisoning.
Make sure that you…
- Handle fresh goods with care so that they don’t bruise (bruises allow bacteria to grow)
- Wash in cold water – remember it’s far better to soak fruit and veg in a Veggi Wash solution (even if it’s food that you intend to peel)
- Dry off excess water
- Keep produce in the fridge if it is supposed to remain cool
- Don’t eat fruit and veg that looks as if it is going bad
- Practice basic hygiene