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Use of Chlorinated Wash Water

Although the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) came into force on January 15, 2019, certain requirements may apply in 2020 and 2021 based on food commodity, type of activity and business size. For more information, refer to the SFCR timelines.


Chlorine can be used in the wash water of fresh fruits and vegetables to reduce microbial load. The following highlights key preventive control considerations when using chlorine wash water on fresh produce, including ready to eat (RTE) fresh-cut fruit and vegetables.

Chlorine use and concentration

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