I recently had the following email forwarded to me. I read it, and then followed by reading the Snopes commentary. Snopes is an organization that checks (and reports on) the validity of rumors such as these. It’s always a good idea to check these claims, though I admit I don’t always do it.
The original email is in italics, with the commentary under it mine.
The following is information from a farmer who grows and packages carrots for IGA, METRO, LOBLAWS, etc.
The small cocktail (baby) carrots you buy in small plastic bags are made using the larger crooked or deformed carrots which are put through a machine which cuts and shapes them into cocktail carrots – most people probably know this already.
What you may not know and should know is the following:
Once the carrots are cut and shaped into cocktail carrots they are dipped in a solution of water and chlorine in order to preserve them (this is the same chlorine used in your pool).
Since they do not have their skin or natural protective covering, they give them a higher dose of chlorine.
You will notice that once you keep these carrots in your refrigerator for a few days, a white covering will form on the carrots. This is the chlorine which resurfaces. At what cost do we put our health at risk to have esthetically pleasing vegetables?
Chlorine is a very well-known carcinogen, which causes Cancer. I thought this was worth passing on. Pass it on to as many people as possible in hopes of informing them where these carrots come from and how they are processed.
I used to buy those baby carrots for vegetable dips. I know that I will never buy them again!!!!
The commentary by Snopes is good; I am unable to cut and paste a quote here, but what I found important is that all fresh-cut, ready to eat vegetables are cleaned with chlorine as an accepted practice. Yes, they are rinsed.
But, I don’t want to eat chlorine washed veggies.
And Snopes says that the white “film” on the outer layer is NOT chlorine coming to the surface. It’s just drying out, as any carrot will do in the fridge.
Here’s the link: http://www.snopes.com/food/tainted/carrots.asp
Anyway, you must pay a great deal more for the convenience of pre-cut vegetables. I’m sure you have something you’d rather spend your money on, don’t you? It only takes a minute to cut some carrot sticks. I do it all the time!