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Why They Douse Your Veggies

It protects your health

(HealthDayNews) -- So you're in the supermarket, trying to gather the ingredients for a salad when, all of a sudden, those fine-mist water sprays come on, and you and your salad get doused.

Be grateful. That spray is probably protecting your health.

The Department of Food Science and Technology, University of Georgia, compared different methods of removing bacteria from apples, tomatoes and lettuce. What they found, and reported in the Journal of Food Protection:

A simple spray with chlorinated water, whether in the supermarket or at home, can effectively kill bacteria, yeasts and molds on most produce. Plus, the spray is probably more effective and reliable than quickly dipping or submersing the vegetables when you get home.

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