"Hot Wash" Makes Cantaloupe Safer

Since the listeria outbreak years ago, many are still skeptical when shopping for cantaloupe.

However, things have changed, and a new sanitation process is getting the product cleaner than ever.

Robin Schneider were grocery shopping Wednesday.

During the trip, Schneider was careful about what she bought for her family.

“Just, what you put in your body, you want to be careful about that, and make sure you're getting the health benefits, but still being safe,” she says.

For some products like cantaloupe, these days, that part is getting easier.

After the listeria outbreak years ago, suppliers now "hot wash" the fruit before it hits the stores.

Showering the product with hot water kills more than 99.9% of germs.

In the grocery stores, you'll know it's been hot washed by the stickers on them.

“People are researching it more, figuring it out, so that we don't have that problem again in the future. It makes customers feel a little bit safer,” says Roman Teig, an Assistant Produce Manager at a Hy Vee in Omaha.

Those customers like Schneider agree, especially since it still tastes great.

“I think that's great. We've been eating cantaloupe here for a while, and have noticed a difference in quality, so we're fine with it,” she says.

Managers at Hy Vee say the hot wash process has not affected the price of cantaloupe.


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