How do you wash fruits and vegetables during the COVID-19 pandemic?

How do you wash fruits and vegetables during the COVID-19 pandemic?

There is no evidence to prove that Coronavirus can spread through fruits and vegetables, as of now. 

All fresh produce should be washed under running water before eating, even when the skin cannot be eaten, such as bananas, melons and oranges. Germs can be passed to the flesh when cutting or peeling. 

There are some precautions and generic guidelines one can follow to ensure food safety by keeping it free of germs. Dirt and bacteria can be transferred from the peel to the inside and edible portion of the fruit when cutting through a banana or a grapefruit. Bacteria and dirt can be transferred even while peeling or handling the fruit.

The importance of washing hands to prevent the spread of COVID-19 cannot be emphasised enough. Wash them for at least 20 seconds prior to cleaning fruits and vegetables. It is a good idea to wash them afterwards too, as suggested by the FDA. Hands must be thoroughly washed with soap and water before washing produce like vegetables, fruits.

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