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Recent Produce Spraying at Well being Meals Shops (client alert)

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The surprising apply of chemical spraying of recent produce together with organics at a mega healthfood retailer chain. The poisonous chemical bottle is conveniently tucked away from prying client eyes!

Recent Produce Spraying at Well being Meals Shops (client alert)

Have you ever ever seen recent produce at healthfood shops being misted or sprayed whilst you have been purchasing?

For those who’re like me, you’ll have assumed it was simply water to maintain the produce moist to protect freshness.

Because it seems, this assumption appears to be very, very flawed!

An alert client lately posted a set of photographs to social media that present a really poisonous product getting used to spray produce at Sprouts Farmers Market shops.

For those who haven’t heard of it earlier than, Sprouts is a big healthfood retailer chain headquartered in Arizona. The corporate has 35,000 staff and operates almost 400 shops throughout 23 states.

Naturally, I used to be fairly shocked by these photographs and determined to research the scenario for myself. I’ve a Sprouts inside just a few miles of my dwelling.

I usually don’t store there, however I ended in anyway to have a look to both affirm or disprove what the social media submit was claiming.

What I discovered 100% confirms what I noticed on social media. 🤯

On the brilliant facet, it supplied but one more reason why shopping for produce from independently owned and operated healthfood shops, native farms, and farmers markets is value each second of inconvenience and barely extra further value!

Poisonous Antimicrobial on Your Produce

What precisely is the spray bottle hidden above the natural produce on the Sprouts retailer?

It’s known as Sterilox. Right here’s a closeup image I took which matches the viral social media submit.

What precisely is on this stuff?

In a nutshell, Sterilox is a disinfectant accepted by the FDA in 2007 to be used as a food-safe sanitizer for use when re-hydrating or rinsing recent produce, together with leafy inexperienced greens. (1)

The Sterilox System makes use of salt, water, and electrical energy to generate a food-safe sanitizer on web site and on demand and is at the moment utilized in hundreds of U.S. retail supermarkets, the corporate mentioned. (2)

Whereas solely salt, water, and electrical energy could have been utilized in 2007, it seems that Sterilox is sort of a bit totally different now!

Chemstar, the corporate that manufactures Sterilox has on their web site a bottle of the stuff with natural produce within the background. (3)

On the Sprouts the place I took the {photograph}, the Sterilox was proper above the natural produce part.

And sure, these items is allowed to be sprayed on organics! (4)

Right here’s the security information sheet on Sterilox Produce Maxx. (5)

Doesn’t look very protected or “natural”, does it?

Hypochlorous acid and 6000 ppm of Free Out there Chlorine (FAC)?

For comparability, solely 4 ppm chlorine is taken into account protected in ingesting water, and it isn’t even protected to drink that! (6)

Contemplate that this antimicrobial being sprayed in your recent produce incorporates 1500X that quantity of chlorine. Granted, the product is diluted with faucet water earlier than spraying, however the quantity of chlorine that continues to be on the produce itself will likely be astronomical and never in any means protected!

Recent Minimize Fruit

For those who thought that spraying an antimicrobial on recent produce was regarding, right here’s the actually dangerous information.

Sterilox (or Aqualox or Aquatine… the identical factor, simply totally different names) is being sprayed instantly on the recent minimize vegetables and fruit bought in containers too.

Consider it or not, eating places typically use it to crisp up the veggies on salad bars as nicely.

Have you ever ever opened a container of fresh-cut natural produce from the well being meals retailer and washed it earlier than consuming?

I do know I haven’t.

That is from the corporate’s web site on utilizing Sterilox with recent minimize fruit. (7, 8)

To maintain up with time-starved shoppers, the recent minimize vegetables and fruit has grow to be a excessive worth signature class for the produce division.  Rinsing recent minimize vegetables and fruit in Produce Maxx [Sterilox] reduces spoilage-causing private well being micro organism to boost shelf lifetime of the product whereas additionally defending towards cross contamination.

Vital client and retailer financial advantages embrace:

  • Protects towards cross contamination when rinsing minimize fruit in the identical course of water
  • Reduces spoilage-causing private well being micro organism and product breakdown for higher high quality
  • Permits retailers to increase code date by way of purge discount
  • All these advantages with no organoleptic impression to the product

Right here’s a screengrab in case the corporate disappears the web page.

So, whilst you might imagine that, “no large deal, I can wash off the Sterilox sprayed on the recent produce earlier than consuming”, it’s a complete totally different problem with the fresh-cut produce, wouldn’t you agree?

Comfort appears to all the time have a worth, doesn’t it?

Is it simply me, or does it look like we’re being poisoned at each flip even when we attempt to keep away from the chemical substances?

Minimize up your personal natural fruit and veggies my associates!

What About Different Healthfood Shops?

Whereas I’ve not discovered a bottle of Sterilox at Entire Meals or Dealer Joe’s, these corporations are actually making use of the identical or an identical product to their produce as nicely. (9)

My recommendation can be to buy solely at a regionally owned well being meals retailer the place you’ll be able to communicate to the supervisor instantly and ensure that the produce just isn’t being sprayed with an antimicrobial product.

Different nice choices are to get your produce from an actual farmer’s market (not a faux one like Sprouts) or from native farms instantly.

Huge company chains minimize corners and your well being just isn’t of main concern. Income are.


(1, 2) FDA Approves Sterilox Meals Security Resolution for Meals Contact

(3, 8) Sterilox Produce Maxx (scroll down for recent minimize fruit)

(4, 9) BUYER BEWARE: Issues Might Not Be What They Appear within the Produce Division!

(5) Sterilox Produce Maxx Security Knowledge Sheet

(6) Water Disinfection with Chlorine and Chloramine

(7) Chemstar Sterilox Recent Options

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