Food Safety: Proper Handling of Vegetables

Wow, this Hong Kong public health site I just discovered over the weekend, the Centre for Food Safety, is just a treasure trove of high-yield and reader-friendly material! It’s the best government-run information I’ve seen which can materially help all China expats make healthy food decisions. There are literally dozens of useful PDFs and pages that people can read. Please check it out and spread the word!

One website section under “Multimedia Library” has a collection of quarterly¬†food safety bulletins; another¬†deals with food poisoning. In this latter section I found a good review of how to handle vegetables. Their conclusions are commonly known but good to restate: to reduce pesticide risks, leafy vegetables should be washed in running water several times, then soaked for one hour or blanched for one minute. You can download the PDF file here.

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