News By/Courtesy: Riya Singh | 04 Jul 2020 12:32pm IST

Amid the coronavirus scare, it is important to clean fruits and vegetables to prevent infection and know the right way of cleaning fruits and vegetables with FSSAI guidelines.

In a Twitter post, the official handle of FSSAI shared a 5-tip graphic to guide people on how they should wash their fruits and vegetables to maintain their safety.

During COVID-19, buying fruits and vegetables from your nearest vendor has become a major cause of concern. However, there is no certainty yet about whether the deadly virus can be transferred via food articles or not. So, let’s see how we should clean our products to remove not just germs like viruses and bacteria but also chemicals like pesticides and insecticides.

  1. FSSAI said people to keep the fruits and vegetables, recently purchased from vendors, in their packaging itself in an isolated corner of the house for some time.

  2. FSSAI directed people should wash the vegetables thoroughly with lukewarm water. Consumers can also put a drop of chlorine (50-ppm) in warm water and dip the products in the solution.

  3. The vegetables and fruits should be cleaned using clean drinking or potable water, FSSAI said.

  4. Do not use disinfecting sprays, cleaning wipes, or soap on farm produce. It is advisable to use freshwater only in the cleaning process.

  5. The vegetables and fruits that need to be kept in the refrigerator should be stored there and other products should be kept at room temperature in racks or baskets, FSSAI said.

FSSAI had recently also issued tips to maintain hygiene and sanitation while shopping for food and eating right. Some of them have been mentioned below:

  • The authority had asked consumers not to store or leave their food items outside the house, in the garage, or the cars, as it could cause issues like temperature abuse or exposure to pests.

  • FSSAI said the food packaging must be disinfected or sanitized using alcohol-based solutions, or with water and soap.

  • The sink and platform used for the washing of vegetables and fruits must be cleaned. It should be ensured that nothing drips or falls onto the floor from the sink or the platform, and if it does, one must wipe the floor immediately. 

THIS ARTICLE DOES NOT INTEND TO HURT THE SENTIMENTS OF ANY INDIVIDUAL, COMMUNITY, SECT, OR RELIGION ETCETERA. THIS ARTICLE IS BASED PURELY ON THE AUTHOR'S PERSONAL VIEWS AND OPINIONS IN EXERCISE OF THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT GUARANTEED UNDER ARTICLE 19(1)(A) AND OTHER RELATED LAWS BEING FORCE IN INDIA, FOR THE TIME BEING. 

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 04 Jul 2020 14:33pm IST


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