Since the outbreak of COVID-19, there are over 5.5 million confirmed cases and over 3.5??? (HOW MANY; specify figure) 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.
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.
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.
Health experts at AMRI Hospitals suggest not to use any soap or detergent to clean the produce. Thoroughly washing vegetables and fruits under running water is sufficient.
To deep clean root vegetables like potatoes and carrots, a vegetable brush or sponge can be used.
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.
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