In the handy guide detailed below, the Rocky Ford Clean Melon Queen shows you how to avoid listeria contamination by following these eight easy steps to clean Colorado cantaloupes...Step 1 (below left):
Always be sure to wear rubber gloves when handling ripe Colorado cantaloupes.Step 2 (above right):
Immediately after purchase, wash melons with a brush and 200 ppm of bleach. Below, always wear protection when cutting melons...Step 3 (below left):
Cut melon should be stored in a closable, air-tight container that is stored on a bed of ice.Step 4 (above right):
Immediately wash the cutting board and knife with a brush in 200 ppm of bleach. Below, proper sterilization of your home...Step 5 (below left):
Wash the counter and floor nearest the cutting board with a brush, mop and bleach.Step 6 (above right):
To prevent the outbreak of listeriosis, power-wash the rest of the house with bleach. Below, proper disposal of unused portions...Step 7 (below left):
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After cleanup, take a break and enjoy a nice bowl of fresh Colorado cantaloupe...Step 8 (above right):
Leftover portions should be packed into a biowaste box and poison control should be called for instruction on proper disposal and/or pickup.
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