There is an internet hoax being circulated that claims baby carrots are soaked in a chlorine solution which is responsible for the whitening of the carrot. The hoax continues to claim that baby carrots are dangerous to your health. This is a well-documented hoax. The actual content and discussion of the hoax can be found at these hoax-debunking sites: http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/c/baby-cut-carrots.htm and at this one http://www.snopes.com/food/tainted/carrots.asp.
While it is true that chlorine is used in the processing of baby carrots, the amount of chlorine present on the carrot is only 4ppm and is well within the limits established by the FDA and is comparable to the amount acceptable in drinking water. Chlorine is used to keep the carrots, the processing water and the processing equipment in a sanitary condition in order to prevent the spread of food-born pathogens. There are no known adverse health effects associated with the use of chlorine at these levels in carrots.
The carrot whitening that is claimed in the hoax is a result of surface dehydration due to the removal of the outer carrot layer during peeling. This is not the result of chlorine “resurfacing”. This whitening is a natural phenomenon and is completely safe.
There is no validity to this hoax and its accusations are entirely false. Grimmway Farms’ carrots are a safe and wholesome product that is grown, processed and packaged following strict agricultural and manufacturing food safety practices.
Contact Sherilyn Curti at firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 301-3101 for further information.