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Old 05-18-2020, 07:49 AM   #1
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Bought some Florida tomatoes but half afraid to eat them. How long do germs stay alive on firm surfaces like tomatoes or apples. I planned to take a tomato and mayo sandwich to work today.
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Wash them just like you wash your hands after handling them.
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I've always rinsed fruits and veggies with cold water rubbing gently so I don't damage them, especially apples because you can still see some of the white residue pesticide on some of them. I don't use soap because I'm afraid I might taste some of the soap if I don't wash all of it off.
Never got sick that I know of from this method.
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The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) notes that there is currently no evidence of COVID-19 transmission through food or food packaging.

According to Dr Tamika Sims, the Director of Food Technology Communications at the International Food Information Council, "Yes, there can be a virus transfer risk if someone carrying the virus sneezes onto your produce and within hours you touch it and then immediately eat it — but the chances of this occurring are slim."

However, you still should "sanitize" or clean your fruits and vegetable before eating them. These are the steps you should take before handling your fruits and vegetable once you get home:

Wash your hands first. Remember, you have just been in the nasty outside world and you need to get rid of any nasty stuff you may have come in contact with.

Don't clean your produce until you are ready to eat it. Just put it where you normally would. You don't want to wash off the natural protectants the produce has and you don't want to add any additional moisture which could promote bacterial growth.

When you are ready to use the produce, rinse under cold water and be very thorough. Use cold water, NO BLEACH!!, and put it in a colander to promote free flowing of water.

Rub produce if needed, scrub if warranted (potatoes, watermelons, etc..). If you don't eat the rind, use a mild soap when scrubbing, I use Dr. Bronners or Dawn, because you want the rind clean when you slice through it.

There are commercial produce sanitizers that you can add to a sinkful of water, I have no experience with them, that you can put things like lettuce in. Just be sure to rinse them and spin them dry.

The one thing I want to stress is DON'T do anything to the produce UNTIL you are ready to it it.
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Soap and water is recommended by a Canadian doc. source:youtu.be/zlsm4eZ-qVk


That is the way I intend to was a watermelon I bought. I have always done that so it is nothing new.
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Yep, I wash produce to, especially stuff that comes in contact with the ground.

If I intend to eat the rind, but not cook it, I may not use soap. Perhaps a vinegar wash, but CV-19 is easily killed by warm to hot water and then I put it in an ice water bath to cool it down quick.

Berries and other delicate produce I find that I am buying more organic than before. And just doing a thorough cold water rinse with running water into the bowl.

If I am not going to eat the rind, then I will use soap, and probably scrub it a bit. Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Avocados, etc.. Mainly due to the sawing action of the knife could bring contaminants into the flesh.

When you bring berries home in their little plastic containers, just put them directly into the fridge, the little "blanket" at the bottom helps absorb ethylene gas and keeps the berries lasting longer.
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Didnít know the little blanket under berries actually served a purpose! Thanks.
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Didnít know the little blanket under berries actually served a purpose! Thanks.
Pretty sure that also absorbs liquid as it does under raw meat.
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The one thing I want to stress is DON'T do anything to the produce UNTIL you are ready to it it.

ktownskier, I don't know how to it it!Maybe I'm not old enough?
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That should have been how to eat it.

And, it should have been "Yes, I wash produce too (as in also, or as well)

You must have had a good weekend to be so feisty.
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Wash that organic stuff, too. Organic means that instead of fertilizing with chemical fertilizer they use manure. I rent out some farm land. The farmer grows organic vegetables for grocery stores and restaurants. They put a huge quantity of chicken manure on it this year.
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There is a process called Blanching, where you dip things in boiling water.

This boiling water kills , kills, kills.

And the short time that produce is in the water, does not harm the fruit.

Small berries, you must be very fast, but they survive too.

Then dry them on a paper towel.

Of course you use a utensil to place the fruit, and remove the fruit.
Never your hands.

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Wash that organic stuff, too. Organic means that instead of fertilizing with chemical fertilizer they use manure. I rent out some farm land. The farmer grows organic vegetables for grocery stores and restaurants. They put a huge quantity of chicken manure on it this year.



Also organic does not mean no pesticides. Some natural pesticides can be used and still called organic.
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I just rinse and rub thoroughly with cold water.
My wife bought a cleaner specifically for fruits and vegetables.
So I guess if you are that concerned, you could find something like it. Try Amazon. You wont get it today, but you will have it.

I think the report/article above is wrong concerning chlorine bleach. I use a bleach solution to clean aquarium decorations. Then rinse well and set them in treated water before they go back into the tank.
My water has chlorine in it and we drink it.
I would say some bleach water is a good idea. Just wash them in the bleach treated water then rinse well.
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I just rinse and rub thoroughly with cold water.
My wife bought a cleaner specifically for fruits and vegetables.
So I guess if you are that concerned, you could find something like it. Try Amazon. You wont get it today, but you will have it.

I think the report/article above is wrong concerning chlorine bleach. I use a bleach solution to clean aquarium decorations. Then rinse well and set them in treated water before they go back into the tank.
My water has chlorine in it and we drink it.
I would say some bleach water is a good idea. Just wash them in the bleach treated water then rinse well.
Yes, our water is treated with chlorine to make it safe. But, do you smell the chlorine when you drink the water?

When you clean the the aquarium and then rinse it, does it still smell of chlorine?

I think ingesting any amount of chlorine when you can still chlorine is probably not good for you.

The same for produce, if you can smell the chlorine on the produce, then you should rinse it further.
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