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Does Washing The Outer Cover of The Watermelon Before Cutting Prevent The Transmission of Bacteria?

Saturday, August 14, 2021

 

Does Washing The Outer Cover of The Watermelon Before Cutting Prevent The Transmission of Bacteria?
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Many microbes and bacteria are transmitted through the peel of some fruits that are not washed often, and this fruit is watermelon , where many intestinal diseases are linked to the transfer of bacteria from the unwashed peel of the fruit to the inside part that we eat


According to the Russian RIA Novosti agency, nutrition expert Antonina Starodubova, chief nutritionist at the Moscow Health Directorate, said that the outer cover of the watermelon should be washed with warm water and soap before cutting it, so that microbes do not move from the surface to the pulp, adding that such microbes can cause the appearance of Intestinal infection .


Starodubova added: We must wash the outer surface of the watermelon well with warm water and soap, because there is a high risk of microbes from reaching the pulp from the surface when cutting, which may lead to an intestinal infection for those who eat it.


She explained that it is not permissible to eat watermelons that have been damaged during transportation or storage, or if the color of the pulp raises suspicion or has a strange smell.


She stressed that it is necessary to protect the surface of the watermelon from pollution and flying insects, because they can be carriers of microbes that can cause various infectious diseases and food poisoning .


She added, "You should not eat watermelon seeds, because the peel of watermelon seeds is very tough, and this causes digestive problems . "


Recommendations before cutting a watermelon to prevent the transmission of microbes

 

According to mecknc , you should wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before cutting a watermelon.


-Before slicing, wash the outside of the watermelon thoroughly with cold tap water to remove surface dirt; With cleaning with a clean brush.


Wash all equipment and utensils that come into contact with food (such as: cutting boards, knives, etc.) thoroughly in hot soapy water, rinse, sterilize and air dry.


Use a barrier such as gloves, prepared food paper, or an appropriate object to touch the watermelon pieces.


At home, cool foods and put them in the refrigerator after purchase, put away products that need to be refrigerated immediately.


Fresh produce should be refrigerated within two hours of peeling or slicing. Leftover chopped produce should be discarded if left at room temperature for more than two hours.


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