PMA releases advice for fruit & veggie washing.

Updated: Aug 5, 2020

We've been reading the latest news, and we're invested in making sure customers aren't using harmful soap washing for their fruit and vegetables. Here at Citrox NZ Ltd, we use natural, food grade ingredients to sanitise and kill bacteria and viruses.

We also understand consumers might want to use something other than just water for their fruit and vegetables, as the Produce Marketing Association have laid out in their guidelines, therefore we are working on a fruit and vegetable wash that will be released soon.

More information about PMA A-NZ's guidelines is included below, quoted from the NZ Herald:

Food experts have reassured Australians about the safety of local produce after a viral video urged shoppers to rinse fruit and vegetables with soap.

The Produce Marketing Association Australia-New Zealand (PMA A-NZ) has released official advice for consumers shopping for fruit and vegetables during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

It comes just days after Dr Jeffrey VanWingen, a physician with Family Medicine Specialists in the US, shared his tips for safe grocery shopping in the current climate, including advice to leave supermarket bags outside their homes for three days, disinfect everything bought and wash veggies with soap.

"The video presented advice which is inconsistent with guidance from public health authorities and food safety experts," Deon Mahoney, Head of Food Safety at PMA A-NZ, told
"Prepare and wash your fruit and vegetables as normal – wash them in cold running water and peel and cook where appropriate. Don't use soaps or detergents as they're not formulated for food", he said.


Scanlan, 2020, NZ Herald.

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