Are Baby Carrots Really Soaked in Chlorine?

 

Recently I read an article that those baby carrots you buy in the store are soaked in chlorine. I wondered if it was true, are baby carrots really soaked in chlorine? Should we be eating them?

The first source I checked was Snopes.com and this is what they had to say, “Baby carrots are just small carrots or carrot chunks, not ‘deformed full-sized carrots that have been soaked in chlorine.”

 

I decided to investigate further. According to the food network, a carrot farmer, Mike Yurosek in the early 1980s, invented baby carrots. Yurosek found that many of his carrots were not saleable because they were “ugly” — they weren’t the size or shape that could be sold at the grocery store. Instead of tossing these “ugly” carrots, he used an industrial bean cutter to shape them into what are now called “baby carrots.”

 

Ok I understand how the baby carrots are made but what about the rumor going around that they are soaked in chlorine? Are baby carrots really soaked in chlorine?baby carrots really soaked in chlorine

 

According to one source, after being harvested, carrots receive a gentle wash in a small amount of chlorine (the amount is less than is present in everyday tap drinking water), a common practice used with fresh-cut produce. Before being dried and bagged, however, the carrots are thoroughly rinsed to remove any excess chlorine.

 

When purchasing baby carrots, check the “use by” date on the package. The wetness in the bag is normal. It’s actually filtered tap water that helps keep the vegetable hydrated. For the best quality, store unopened bags of baby carrots in the refrigerator and eat them within 30 days after the packaging date.baby carrots really soaked in chlorine

 

Bob Borda, a spokesman for Grimmway Farms, the world’s largest carrot grower (they handle 10 million pounds every day), says that over the years the company has developed a hybrid that combines the best qualities from over 250 known commercial varieties.

 

In order to create thinner vegetables, baby carrots are planted closer together than traditional carrots. In as little as 120 days from planting, the carrots are dug up and trucked to the processing house to be cut and peeled. But before packaging, all carrots receive a brisk scrub accompanied by a chlorine bath.

Borda says Grimmway Farms, whose labels include Cal-Organic, uses a chlorine solution on all its carrots – organic and non-organic — to prevent food poisoning, before a final wash in water.   Grimmway says the chlorine rinse is well within limits set by the EPA and is comparable to levels found in tap water.baby carrots really soaked in chlorine

So I guess it’s true, baby carrots, as well as some other fresh produce, are washed in a chlorine bath but they are also rinsed before ending up in the store. Bottom line if you are concerned about chlorine rinses just buy whole, unprocessed carrots and wash, peel and cut them up at home the old fashioned way!

 

Myself, as fun as those little baby carrots are to eat I think the best carrots are the ones we grow ourselves! I know exactly what’s in my soil and what’s in the carrots!baby carrots really soaked in chlorine

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15 comments on “Are Baby Carrots Really Soaked in Chlorine?

Mother of 3 on March 28, 2018 9:05 pm

I’ve always wondered about this! Thanks for investigating.

Nancy Wolff on March 29, 2018 1:25 pm

You’re welcome Joanne,
Inquiring minds want to know!

candy on March 29, 2018 12:04 pm

This is why we grow our own vegetables. Thanks for clearing up that rumor going around. Found you on Simply Homestead Blog Hop.

Nancy Wolff on March 29, 2018 1:25 pm

Candy,
I agree growing your own is the best but Farmer’s Markets are a great choice if you can’t!

Marisa Franca @ All Our Way on April 1, 2018 9:15 pm

I love baby carrots. They are perfect for snacking or dipping. Thank you for the information on chlorine.

Nancy Wolff on April 1, 2018 9:54 pm

Marisa,
As you can see from the pictures we eat them on occasion as well, with a good washing! 🙂

Victoria on April 2, 2018 11:39 am

I have nowhere to plant produce so store bought is what I have to use.lol I did wonder about the water in the carrot bags so I am glad to know why it is there.Baby carrots are just so easy to use.

Nancy Wolff on April 2, 2018 11:57 am

Victoria,
I had to track down the rumor! Although I usually grow our carrots I do use the baby carrots as they are so convenient!

Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond on April 3, 2018 2:07 am

Thanks for following up on this as some people are very conscious of added chemicals etc in food. I wish I had a green thumb but alas I don’t so I have to buy from the store or farmers markets. Thanks for sharing with us at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty and have a lovely week.

Teresa on April 3, 2018 10:34 pm

Thank you for doing the research on this for us. I agree homegrown is best, just not always possible so I now feel comfortable with the baby carrots from the store. Thank you for sharing on Party in Your PJ’s!

Nancy Wolff on April 4, 2018 1:12 am

Teresa,
You’re welcome! I was glad to know the info as well!

Lisa Lombardo on February 25, 2019 10:22 pm

Well, it’s better than getting sick from e.coli or salmonella! I usually buy whole carrots in the offseason. I never seem to harvest enough to last long. Thanks for doing the investigation!

Nancy Wolff on February 25, 2019 10:33 pm

Lisa,
In the past I have almost grown enough carrots to get through the year! Then I buy from the local farmer’s market!

Brenda on February 26, 2019 12:39 am

I agree with you! I like my carrots to come from my garden, I know how they are grown, harvested, and stored. Homegrown carrots are so tasty! Thank you for all your research, great article!

Dianne on February 26, 2019 4:42 pm

This is a very interesting read. I try really hard not to purchased vegetables period from the grocery. We grow all our own, but there are “those moments” when we have to.

Thanks for sharing this,

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