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July 17, 2003

Food Safety

Via Rebecca's Pocket come these articles on vastly decreasing the chances of intestinal bugs from fresh fruits and vegetables. How to disinfect your salad and Most potent natural household disinfectants:

In her tests, [Susan Sumner, a food scientist at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University] deliberately contaminated clean fruits and vegetables with Salmonella, Shigella, or E. coli O157:H7 -- all capable of inducing gut-wrenching gastroenteritis. On its own, the hydrogen peroxide was fairly effective against all three germs, she found. But the best results came from pairing the two mists. For instance, she told Science News Online, "If the acetic acid got rid of 100 organisms, the hydrogen peroxide would get rid of 10,000, and the two together would get rid of 100,000."
...It doesn't matter which you use first - you can spray with the vinegar then the hydrogen peroxide, or with the hydrogen peroxide followed by the vinegar. You won't get any lingering taste of vinegar or hydrogen peroxide and neither is toxic to you even if a small amount remains on the produce.
...35% Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide (H202) 460 ml bottle costs around $15.95 and can be purchased at ... most health food stores ... One bottle will last a family of four approximately 2 months. Please note: drug store Hydrogen Peroxide has chemicals and is not recommended for food use.

Using these two solutions in tandem is just as effective, apparently, in the bathroom. And just as inexpensive!

Posted by dpwakefield at July 17, 2003 08:21 PM