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Fact or fiction: viral baby carrots email

Rochester, N.Y. - Dietitians are disputing dispute internet claims that baby carrots aren't safe to eat.

A viral email claims that baby carrots are rinsed in chlorine to keep them orange, and that eating them is dangerous.

"The chlorine in the wash water is used as a disinfectant," said dietitian Nancy Wilson. "It helps to kill any harmful bacteria that might be present on the carrots that are freshly cut."

The disinfectant wash protects the pre-cut vegetables from bacterial growth.

Dietitians said a greater risk comes from eating fewer fruits and vegetables, because they provide long-term health benefits.

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