Tuesday, September 1, 2015


Pre-washed spinach still contains pathogens

By Tim Sandle     20 hours ago in Science

It can be convenient to purchase pre-washed vegetables, especially for those with busy lives. It would be wrong, however, to assume that pre-washed veg is free from pathogens. A new study casts some light.

Commenting on the study, Doug Sider, medical director of communicable disease prevention and control for Public Health Ontario, told the Toronto Star pre-washing "doesn’t necessarily mean pathogen-reduction to a point where we judge there is little of no risk of transmission."
The new research was recently presented at the 250th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition, which took place in August 2015. The presentation was delivered by Nichola M. Kinsinger and Sharon Walker. The two plan to report the findings to a peer reviewed journal in the near future.
In the meantime, for spinach sold int he U.S. at least, the general advice is to rinse it even if it is sold as pre-packaged and pre-washed.

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/science/pre-washed-spinach-still-contains-pathogens/article/442544#ixzz3kUbG5LIJ

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