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How Safe Are “Pre-Washed” Fruits and Vegetables, Really?

At first glance, having produce come pre-washed sounds like a real convenience, but just how safe and clean is it, really?

Even with advancements in cultivation, processing and packaging, experts say about 40% of pre-washed fruits and vegetables can be contaminated with bacteria that could be harmful to the health of your customers. So, the clear answer is no – pre-washed fruits and veggies are neither clean, nor safe for consumption.

This is an fact for food service operators to consider, especially these days when the responsibility for serving clean, safe food is more important than ever.

Proper vegetable washing takes time and can be labor intensive. In some cases, it can even contribute to contamination. How can that be?

Here’s the problem that hardly anyone in the foodservice industry talks about: Unless the kitchen staff takes the time to effectively clean and sanitize the prep sink – which could have been used earlier for chicken and earlier still for shrimp – things can get pretty scary, pretty quickly.

For this real-world food safety issue, Unified Brands offers a real-world solution: Power Prep! Yes, true to its name, this equipment is powerful enough to wash and clean potatoes, melons, greens and tomatoes. But it is also gentle enough to wash raspberries! I am telling you, when I saw that last part, I was blown away … and it takes a lot to get my attention!

The fact that Power Prep can wash the entire rainbow of vegetables and more – including fruits and even kitchen wares – is impressive enough, but how it washes the veggies and collects the food in easy-to-use baskets is the proverbial icing on the cake. And because this powerful-yet-gentle washer cleans off all of the things that can make produce go bad, it extends the shelf-life of fresh fruits and vegetables, which gives you more time to profit from the investment you made in those items.

The bottom line is that Power Prep is very quick, very easy, and very effective. What more do you need to get the job done right?

Please feel free to contact me directly for more information about Power Prep, or visit the Power Prep homepage to learn more about this essential equipment for commercial kitchens.

Chef Steve D’Angelo
Unified Brands Corporate Chef

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