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Consumer Handling and Washing of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

Harris, Linda
University of California - Los Angeles
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The objectives of this proposal include:
  1. Identification of consumer handling practices
  2. Evaluation of the effectiveness of washing methods commonly used by consumers
  3. Evaluation of the effectiveness of modified washing procedures that incorporate antimicrobial agents (e.g., chlorine, organic acids, etc.; Salmonella, L. monocytogenes, and E. coli O157:H7 will be the test pathogens)
  4. Evaluation of consumer understanding and likelihood of following recommended washing procedures.
Funding Source
Center For Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
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Escherichia coli