Since the outbreak of COVID-19, there are over 7M million confirmed cases and over 400K deaths reported globally. Coronavirus has created a panic but also generated awareness among masses about good hygiene. During this crucial time, the governments of nations are trying their best to ensure adequate supply of essential commodities to the public with appropriate food safety and handling measures.
Recently, some myths are spreading related to COVID-19 transmission and to show a clearer picture, health researchers with years of experience working at AMRI Hospitals, suggest certain measures to wash fruits and vegetables properly in order to safeguard them from the virus.
Here are a few tips to wash fruits and vegetables properly before consumption:
- Wash hands, before washing vegetables or fruits
Washing hands is imperative to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It is suggested to wash your hands before you rinse vegetables. Wash them for at least 20 seconds with soap and water before cleaning the produce. Washing your hands afterwards is also recommended.
- Rinse vegetables and fruits in running water
All the fruits and vegetables must be rinsed under running water and thoroughly rubbed with hands. Rinsing the produce before you peel it helps in avoiding the transmission of dirt and bacteria.
- Don’t use soap or any detergent
Health experts at AMRI Hospitals suggest not to use any soap or detergent to clean the produce. Thoroughly wasing vegetables and fruits under running water is sufficient.
- Brush or sponge can be used
To deep clean root vegetables like potatoes and carrots, a vegetable brush or sponge can be used.
- Pay extra attention to certain vegetables and fruits
Fruits like berries and leafy vegetables require extra care and gentleness while cleaning. You can place them in a colander and rinse them thoroughly under running water to eliminate germs. Additionally, peeling or cooking fruits and vegetables can also help in removing bacteria.