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The best way to wash fresh produce to remove bacteria and pesticides

Friday August 11, 2017

Until Fresh Produce Wash entered the market, washing salads, fruit and vegetables in a chlorine solution was a common way to kill bacteria and remove pesticides. The usual way of making up a chlorine solution was by dropping soluble chlorine sanitiser tablets into a sink of fresh water, waiting for them to dissolve, then throwing in the salads, fruit and vegetables you want to wash. After a soak time specified by the tablet manufacturer, the produce was drained and then rinsed.

Because chlorine tablets carried a hazard symbol it was important that the rinsing process was very thorough so that every hint of chlorine was removed. Sadly, this was not always the case, particularly in busy kitchens where time was limited; indeed, it was not unusual for customers to find undissolved pieces of tablet hidden in their salad or their sandwich.

The introduction of Fresh Produce Wash has eliminated this issue. A totally chlorine free solution – Fresh Produce Wash, from our partner supplier Drywite, is a liquid product that is completely tasteless and odourless – so there’s no need to rinse the produce after washing. Biodegradable and made from food grade ingredients, one measure of Fresh Produce Wash can clean over 100kg of salads, fruits and vegetables over a day.

Recently, the responsibility of washing fresh produce, especially salads, has been highlighted following several high-profile hospitalisations due to E-coli on salads and leaf products.

When it comes to fruit, the risk is from pesticides, which rain and tap water will not remove. Fresh Produce Wash eliminates pesticide residues to leave fruit clean and safe to eat.

The Food Standards Agency & Local Authorities [in line with the Food Safety Act (1990)], have provided industry guidelines on the need to check that all salad and raw, ready-to-eat produce has been washed to reduce the potential risks associated with E-Coli, Salmonella and Listeria infection to name a few.

Most raw produce carries E-Coli, Listeria and other bacteria – these are common causes of food poisoning. Fresh Produce Wash eliminates pathological bacteria from fresh produce including salads, fruit and vegetables, leaving the produce clean and ready to eat. There’s no taste or smell, and classified under EU regulations as ‘Non-Hazardous’, produce is safe to eat straight away – without rinsing.

Drywite recommends washing pre-bagged vegetables and salads with Fresh Produce Wash too – to ensure that produce is safe to eat and to give you and your customers complete peace of mind.

For more information on washing your salad, fruit and vegetable produce – please contact your local Bunzl Catering Supplies branch.

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