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Best Ways to Rinse Produce
My Sister-in-law texted me: how do you wash your produce?
SIL: Don’t you use soap or something?
Me: No just lots of fresh running water.
SIL: Dr. on YouTube says to use soap in the sink.
Me: That will make you sick.
SIL: So how do you kill the germs?
Me: Don’t want to kill them, just slide them down the drain.
OK, first let’s set the record straight. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there is no evidence that food or food packaging is involved with the transmission of COVID-19 (up-to-date information is available on their website ). Like all other viruses, it needs a living host ---which could be a person or an animal -- on which to grow. Viruses do not grow in food. While the chances of this happening are very low, the virus could potentially be on the food if a fellow shopper or store worker with the virus sneezed or coughed on it. So washing your hands after touching food and packaging is a prudent activity. Remember this is a respiratory illness not a gastrointestinal illness, the virus needs to get into your respiratory system to make you sick.
Back to the instructions: don’t touch your face, nose, and mouth and wash your hands (with soap and water) a lot.
Produce should be handled all the time, not just during this COVID-19 pandemic, using good food safety practices.
Wash your hands and counter tops before handling produce.
Wash the produce thoroughly in fresh running water.
Even wash foods that you’re going to peel because dirt or bacteria can be transferred from the skin onto the moist meaty section of the food when you slice or peel it.