Can you wash E. coli off produce?
Photo: Kimi Harris
You can cook everything, which kills E. coli. We really enjoy sautéed spinach, for example, and it seems easier for children to digest than raw.
You can keep track of recalls. This will prevent you from eating a possibly contaminated food item in your refrigerator.
Buying from small-time farmers, who are isolated from the bigger agricultural environment, can be helpful in reducing your chances of food poisoning. I don't think there is any hard data to support this claim yet, but it's worth thinking about (and, besides — you get to support local farmers this way!).
You can use the vinegar rinse to reduce bacteria counts, which could prevent you from getting sick if the bacteria counts were low to start with.
Health officials in Canada mention that it is the immune compromised who are most at risk from E. coli. (Most who encounter E. coli don't experience the most serious side effects.) Working towards a strong immune system is one of the best first-line defenses from experiencing the worst symptoms of E. coli poisoning.
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