Ozone - Washing 101: Why It works!
Ozone - Washed! Yes, we know it sounds fancy. The only other reference you are probably familiar with is - “The Ozone Layer”. If someone asks you - What does the Ozone layer do? - you’d most likely say ...“its this layer in the atmosphere that keeps us safe from the Sun’s harmful ultraviolet light”.
If however, someone asks you to explain what Ozone is? Like almost everyone, your answer would be something like…”Hmmm….I’m not sure exactly. It just keeps us alive...that’s all that matters”
So, you already kinda know Ozone is a good thing. It keeps everyone safe. In fact, keeping our ozone layer alive and kicking is what climate change is all about. We simply cannot live without it.
To keep things simple, let’s just tackle the 2 words: Ozone + Washed.
You already know washing implies cleanliness. We shower, we wash our clothes, and we wash our fruits and vegetables. Nobody questions this behaviour. We inherently know this activity cleans and we need cleanliness.
Coming to fruits and vegetables, all of us wash our produce at home for a few minutes at a minimum before eating anything. Add Covid - 19 to the mix and now there are disinfecting machines available that get rid of the virus from the surface of items that come to your house. What do these machines do? Get rid of a virus you can’t see. Just cause you can’t see something, doesn’t mean it’s not sitting there waiting to do damage. This is what “Ozone - Washing” does at its core. It removes harmful contaminants from the surface of your fruits & veggies
Let’s now look at the first word...the big sciency word…Ozone.
Ozone is simply three atoms of oxygen and it is a powerful oxidant. It quickly wants to do its work of attacking organic compounds and microorganisms and then safely return to stable oxygen.
Put another way, Ozone - Washing simply implies washing with ozonated water. Ozone is infused into water using a 100% safe chemical process and it does the hard work of killing bacteria, viruses and other pathogens. It has no harmful effect on your fruits & veggies after use and is also known to increase shelf life.
Great, now what? What should you do with this information?
Think of Ozone - Washing as a choice. A choice that keeps you safe in the long run. We all buy insurance, most of us exercise regularly, look before crossing a road and do a wide range of other activities that keep us safe. Choosing to eat Ozone - Washed produce is a similar life choice. Eating safer is the goal. Ozone - Washed produce is just one step you can take on this journey.
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A little more on Ozone:
Ozone is Certified as Safe by the FDA (USA) for use on food
As an oxidizer, it is estimated to be 1.5 times stronger than chlorine and is shown to be effective over a much wider spectrum of microorganisms than chlorine and other disinfectants.
Ozone is particularly effective against E. coli, the most concerning food pathogen to the produce industry.