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Bacteria Present on Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Depend on Type of Produce, Cultivation Practice

by Kathy Jones on March 29, 2013 at 8:49 PM
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 Bacteria Present on Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Depend on Type of Produce, Cultivation Practice

Researchers led by Jonathan Leff and Noah Fierer at the University of Colorado suggest that the type of surface bacteria present on fresh fruit and vegetables depend on the type of produce and cultivation practices, according to a new study published in the journal PLOS ONE.

The study focused on eleven produce types that are often consumed raw, and found that certain species like spinach, tomatoes and strawberries have similar surface bacteria, with the majority of these microbes belonging to one family. Fruit like apples, peaches and grapes have more variable surface bacterial communities from three or four different groups. The authors also found differences in surface bacteria between produce grown using different farming practices.

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The authors suggest several factors that may contribute to the differences they observed, including farm locations, storage temperature or time, and transport conditions. These surface bacteria on produce can impact the rate at which food spoils, and may be the source of typical microbes on kitchen surfaces. Previous studies have shown that although such microbes don't necessarily cause disease, they may still interact with, and perhaps inhibit the growth of disease-causing microbes. The results of this new research suggest that people may be exposed to substantially different bacteria depending on the types of produce they consume.



Source: Eurekalert
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