Speaking Of Produce Washes
Jim Prevor’s Perishable Pundit, December 1, 2006
Tenessee State University did a presentation entitled: Using Consumer and laboratory Research for the Development of a Printed and On-line Brochure Promoting Consumption of Safer Fruits and Vegetables
Basically it is a presentation about how they researched what are good practices for consumers and then created a brochure, both in print and online, to promote both consumption and safe handling of produce.
Part of the research focused on the efficacy of washes and the conclusions were as follows:
- Wiping apples and tomatoes with paper towels showed little bacterial reduction.
- Generally, water, vinegar, lemon juice and vegetable wash solutions reduced bacteria population approximately the same amounts
- It is cost effective for consumers to use cold running tap water instead of other washing solutions to reduce microbial contamination on fresh produce.
See the whole presentation here.
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