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Speaking Of Produce Washes

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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