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Don’t always believe what you read

May 10, 2009
By Gail Slinde, NDSU Extension service

Have you heard the latest in e-mail scares? One current story concerns the processing of baby carrots. The false report states that baby carrots are dipped in a solution of water and chlorine (the same chlorine used in swimming pools) in order to preserve them. It continues, if you keep these carrots in your refrigerator for a few days, a white covering will form on the carrots. This is the chlorine resurfacing. The only truth here is that the carrots are rinsed in chlorine and water to kill bacteria but they are also very well rinsed. The story about the white covering being chlorine is not true it's actually moisture seeping out of the peeled carrot.



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