A study carried out on swabs taken from the rind of lemons in pubs and restaurants found that 70% contained pathogenic microbes.

Lemon and limes destined for a G&T have been on quite a journey –

  • been sprayed with pesticides then transported across the world
  • been stored in warehouses where there is potential pest contamination
  • transported to your premises
  • handled by staff who may cause cross contamination after handling money, food, dirty glasses etc
  • and then finally, get sliced and popped into your G&T

Alert – Wash lemons and limes before slicing for drinks and ensure your bar staff wash their hands frequently with antibacterial soap

Food Fact – In the 18th century, the British navy ordered ships going on long journeys to carry limes for their crews, resulting in the nickname “limeys” for British sailors. The limes were discovered to prevent scurvy, a disease caused by vitamin C deficiency.