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Old 03-26-2020, 03:23 PM
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...and tomatoes when grocery shopping. I was in my HEB the other day and I notice the guy next to me in the produce section was picking up every single apple in the display. One by one he'd pick them up, turn them around and around in his bare hands and them put them back.

When I noticed this I stood and watched him until he had handled all the apples in that box and then he just walked away and didn't buy a single apple. .

I reported this to the store manager but I don't know what he did about it. From that moment on I stopped buying any thing that the peeling or skin was edible. except for potatoes. Those I buy already cut up and frozen (if I can find 'em) or bagged.

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I was in my HEB the other day and I notice the guy next to me in the produce section was picking up every single apple in the display. One by one he'd pick them up, turn them around and around in his bare hands and them put them back.

When I noticed this I stood and watched him until he had handled all the apples in that box and then he just walked away and didn't buy a single apple. .

I reported this to the store manager but I don't know what he did about it.
The manager probably didn't do anything about it. What could he do after the fact, anyway?

Thing is, people have been doing this forever...before the current situation existed. You pick up the apple (or peach or plum or potato or whatever...) and look it over, looking for worm holes, bruises, rotten parts, etc., etc.

Face it, the stuff's been sitting out in the open in bins and displays all day, or maybe a couple of days or so. No telling how many people you haven't seen have been fooling around with it.

I don't know about anyone else, but I always wash the produce when I get it home, and lots of times I wash it again before preparing it or eating it.
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...but what could be on them now just might not wash off. I don't want to have to worry about DISINFECTING everything
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For at least the last 50 years, every apple, tomato, orange, cucumber, potato, etc. I have purchased has been given a good scrub under running water with a heavy application of liquid dish detergent before I eat it. I never know who or what has been in contact with it before I got it.
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A customer handling the apples should really NOT be your biggest concern. I hope you are not under any illusion that the person picking those apples (or whatever) washes their hands before and after every apple. Then after all of that nastiness is smeared on every apple and coats the pesticide that is on them, they seal it in good and tight with "preserving" wax. Then of course, the clerk who stocked those just finished loading raw chicken in the meat case.
COME ON, REALLY?!?
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...but what could be on them now just might not wash off. I don't want to have to worry about DISINFECTING everything
Well, shoot, Jack. I don't know what to tell you. Everything you buy from the grocery store, or a farmers market, has some sort of contaminant on it or in it...even if it's in a can, or even if the farmer's daughter has packaged it.

Truth be known, all of us are ingesting contaminants on a daily basis, and we've been doing it for centuries. We have somehow managed to survive, although that's no guarantee we'll continue to do so.

I'll venture to say that all the contaminants we ingest come from us anyway. So what're you gonna do? Gotta eat.
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You could dip them in a dilute solution of bleach and rinse. Produce has been handled by many before it even gets to the store
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You could save time and water by washing food in the shower like Kramer did in a Seinfeld episode. Garbage disposal not necessary except in some cases.
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I've always examined apples before buying them and still do. Most people wash fruit before eating it even before the current health scare.
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Heck that is nothing new. Down here all the "old" people "fondle every piece of fruit or vegetable to find the just right one. Heck you should see them with fresh corn 5 for $1 or whatever, The pull the husks down on 10 before the find the exact 5.Heck for $1, just grab some and go.
Hell they are all the same!. How about melons or peaches gotten squeeze each and every one.


We wash everything from the produce section. Even if no one touched it, there is wax, pesticides you name it. Apples are one the worst for pesticide.


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So never eat fresh produce. Just eat the canned/frozen stuff. Default all my life is to always wash produce. Remember the fecal scare in the bagged salad a while back. Can't live live scared. Use common sense and do what yo mamma taught you and you'll get through most of life's issues
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Sure looks like there's a whole bunch of folks doing just that right now.

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Just to be clear, I, too, have always washed fresh fruit and veggies when I get them home and I always will. But my concern it that if, say, the guy that was handling all those apples was contaminated and didn't even know it and he was contaminating every apple he handled would it really do any good to wash them off. CAN JUST ROUTINE WASHING REMOVE THE VIRUS FROM AN APPLE. IF NOT WHAT MUST BE DONE TO MAKE IT SAFE TO EAT.

I know it isn't the perfect solution but I'll be buying the items that are pre bagged, that seem the best idea.
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Just to be clear, I, too, have always washed fresh fruit and veggies when I get them home and I always will. But my concern it that if, say, the guy that was handling all those apples was contaminated and didn't even know it and he was contaminating every apple he handled would it really do any good to wash them off. CAN JUST ROUTINE WASHING REMOVE THE VIRUS FROM AN APPLE. IF NOT WHAT MUST BE DONE TO MAKE IT SAFE TO EAT.

I know it isn't the perfect solution but I'll be buying the items that are pre bagged, that seem the best idea.
I see no reason why washing fruit with soap and water wouldn't work just the same as it does for your hands, as it will break down the oils that bind the coronavirus. From an article from a reputable source I read recently:
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I wouldn't assume that bagged fruit hasn't been handled somewhere, so it's not likely to be any safer- unless you wash it as well. I have a spray bottle in my kitchen that contains water, liquid hand soap and some bleach that I use with a dampened cloth for wiping down the counters and the fridge & microwave handles. I use it to wipe down fruit as well, so my morning banana gets some extra wiping action with a pretty much sterile cloth as well.

I notice that our local supermarket has removed all the bulk food bins, though, which makes sense, as people will inevitably sample the goods. Before they did this, I opted for a bag of raisins rather than scooping them from the bulk bin. I doubt that the raisins have been handled, although there are no guarantees there, either, I suppose.

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Next time you eat an apple take your very sharp, non serrated pocket knife and scrape the outside. You will get a small pile of brown wax shavings containing "samples" from every previous handler. Washing don't help apples. Joe
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