Tip of the Week

 

Why wash salad and fruit?

 

Over the last few years there have been many instances of Ecoli food poisoning caused by unwashed lettuce and other vegetable/salad crops.

Ecoli is a particularly dangerous type of food poisoning as it takes very few bacteria to make you ill.  It can get passed from person to person very easily so good handwashing procedures in the kitchen are essential.

The bacteria is mostly found in raw meat or vegetables contaminated with either infected soil or contaminated water.  Root vegetables, spinach, lettuce and watercress have been known to be infected with Ecoli.

Ecoli is found in the gut of animals and is then transferred via manure into the soil used to grow our salad and vegetable crops.

Washing fruit, salads and vegetables thoroughly before preparation/eating will remove the bacteria.  

Also wash fruit where the skin is eaten.  Some melons have bacteria such as Salmonella present on their thick skins.  If you do not wash the melon, you could transfer the bacteria from the skin onto the flesh of the fruit when cutting it.

Alert

If the fruit or vegetable is labelled ‘Washed and ready to eat’ there is no need for further washing.

Weekly Food Fact

Did you know that Watermelons are both a fruit and a vegetable. They are made up of over 90% water.  However, watermelon has more lycopene than any other fruit or vegetable.  Lycopene is a very powerful antioxidant.  Watermelon is also high in vitamin C and is a good source of fibre.

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