Many people don’t realize just how important proper food safety is. If you’re part of a food-service operation, foodborne illnesses are nearby. You may not be able to see them, but that doesn’t stop them from clinging to your food, surfaces, and even the air you breathe. How can we limit the chance of catching a foodborne illness? By becoming aware of the bacteria that can make us sick and reducing the risk of ingesting them.

Where Are Foodborne Illnesses Found?

One of the biggest carriers of foodborne illnesses is unwashed fruits and vegetables. As they are grown, fruits and vegetables come into contact with animals, soil, and farm workers— all of which can introduce harmful substances. Once harvested, they pass through several sets of hands (as they’re packed, shipped, purchased, prepared, and stored), each of which has the potential to contaminate with harmful bacteria and germs.

Restaurants, cafeterias, food processing plants, and grocery stores all provide people with fruits and vegetables that appear to be ready-to-eat on the surface. However, many of these places lack the knowledge or products needed to properly clean their produce.

Maxim’s Fruit and Veggie Wash

That’s where Maxim comes in. With Maxim’s Fruit & Veggie Wash, you can rest easy knowing that the produce you provide is sanitary and safe. The no-rinse wash effectively fights against Escherichia coli, Listeria monocytogenes, and Salmonella enterica— all common bacteria that hide in plain sight on the surface of your fruits and vegetables.

When ingested, foods that are contaminated with these bacteria can cause mild to severe reactions. From upset stomach to food poisoning, your short-term and long-term health can be greatly affected by improper or overlooked produce sanitation. Don’t just take our word for it… According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “in 2011, listeria-contaminated produce caused the deadliest foodborne illness outbreak in nearly 90 years.”

With Maxim’s Fruit & Veggie Wash, our goal is simple: to keep you and those you service healthy. Just hook it over your sink or processing vessel and connect your water supply hose to the built-in nozzle. Then, pump product directly into clean wash water (if using the squeeze bottle, use 1 ounce of product per gallon of water). Once the wash water is ready, soak your fruit or vegetable for a minimum of 90 seconds, and voila! No rinsing required. We made it that easy— because cleaning shouldn’t be complicated.

Have questions about this product? Concerned about your facility’s food safety? Contact a Midlab representative for more information and help keep #EverythingClean.

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