Most reusable plastic produce crates are contaminated, study finds

10/15/2013 | FoodProductionDaily.com (France)

Some 64% of reusable plastic containers used in shipping fresh fruits and vegetables are contaminated with pathogens that carry the potential to create foodborne illness outbreaks, according to Keith Warriner, a researcher at the University of Guelph in Ontario. In addition to pathogens that pose a threat to human health, crates can carry plant pathogens that can lead to premature spoilage of produce, according to the report, which recommends a review of the decontamination methods used to treat the crates.

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