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): 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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