Keep Your Fruits and Veggies From Spoiling

05.07.14

Written by: Selective Micro Technologies  

FruitsVeggiesSpring brings forth beautiful flowers, warmer weather, and fresh produce. Fruits and vegetables are critical towards a nutritious diet, but how do you keep food from spoiling, as it always does, when left uneaten or sitting out too long? Food spoilage is caused by bacteria, namely pathogens such as e-coli and salmonella as well as varieties of bacillus and clostridium.

These bugs must have organic content in order to populate, as well as appropriate temperature, time, and relative moisture levels; these are all things found within your fridge. Therefore, it is imperative to consider proper sanitization techniques, especially during food storage and food processing.

Pure chlorine dioxide, when used as an antimicrobial agent in food processing and food safety, not only presents a more sophisticated and greater level of surface disinfection, but is also much more user-friendly and environmentally-aware to use than other disinfecting and/or sanitizing products, even directly on food itself.

Researchers have discovered that stabilized chlorine dioxide, when used on produce, flowers, and meats, may extend shelf life and appearance, however these chlorine dioxide formulas leave behind corrosive residuals; such residual contamination is avoided with use of pure chlorine dioxide. Unfortunately, up to 3,000 people die from foodborne illnesses each year in the United States, and at least 48 million people get sick! The saddest part is these could have been prevented. This is why Selective Micro Technologies is putting forth a major effort to work with the EPA and FDA in order to show the power and effectiveness pure chlorine dioxide has to offer.

Here are some bonus tips to keep in mind:

  • Pure chlorine dioxide is a superior sanitizer and disinfectant with respect to food storage, particularly for its ability to not corrode materials and avoid leaving behind harmful residuals.
  • Food spoilage is easily characterized by both odor detection and slime presence.
  • Proper sanitization is necessary in both food processing areas, storage areas, and on foodstuff
  • Storing fruits and vegetables in their appropriate place can also help preserve them from spoiling sooner than would be desired.
  • Also, it is important to store fruits with fruits and veggies with veggies. They can spoil more quickly when stored together due to ethylene given off by produce.