Swine flu transfer by fresh fruit veg...

Swine flu transfer by fresh fruit vegetable contamination

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Rebecca VanMeter

Brooklyn, NY

#1 Apr 29, 2009
Why is no one talking about washing their fresh produce? Internet searches assure us no chance to catch swine flu from eating fresh veggies. But then why are we being cautioned to wash our hands compulsively after touching objects handled by other people? If I can catch it from a door knob I figure I can catch it from a tomato! And think about the source of much of our produce...it is a known fact that veggies and fruit have been infected with echoli and salmonella....so why not this?
maine cat trainer

United States

#2 Apr 30, 2009
I wonder about this too. I was thinking of this while I was at the store buying the vegetables, it would be nice to see a reassurring answer: preferably that the virus can't live on cold vegetables.
passerby

Conroe, TX

#3 May 1, 2009
I was also curious about this just today as I was buying a tomato that said it was from mexico. The reason I found is that the flu virus can only live for a few hours on a surface. By the time it has been shipped here the virus will have died if it was on the surface of produce. Whereas things like doorknobs are frequently touched, passing the virus on and recontaminating the surface. So just because the food comes from mexico does not mean it is contaminated.

Of course all the other people working or shopping in the market will have touched it, so it is a good idea to thoroughly wash fresh produce before eating it.
april produce mgr

United States

#4 May 3, 2009
I agree! I am a produce mgr and recieve alot of it from mexico. I am very concerned about it because who knows who is going to sneeze or cough on it before it reaches my store.
Rebecca VanMeter wrote:
Why is no one talking about washing their fresh produce? Internet searches assure us no chance to catch swine flu from eating fresh veggies. But then why are we being cautioned to wash our hands compulsively after touching objects handled by other people? If I can catch it from a door knob I figure I can catch it from a tomato! And think about the source of much of our produce...it is a known fact that veggies and fruit have been infected with echoli and salmonella....so why not this?
Will

London, UK

#5 Oct 24, 2009
Well, i was thinking the same. I wonder what is the best way to wash our fruit and veg. not like we can use soap.

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