There is no longer any such thing!25th March, 2010
The following is information from a farmer who grows and packages carrots for IGA, METRO,LOBLAWS, etc - large supermarket chains.
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 swimming pool). You will notice in most grocery stores that the description of "baby carrots" is carefully worded to deceive. They do not normally say "baby carrots" but something like "baby-cut carrots" ..... However, some grocery store owners or managers are not well informed on this point. Carrots have a green "top" which is absent in formed or "peeled" carrots, as they are sometimes named. 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. Here are some videos that show how these carrots are formed. This Chinese video shows best the SIZE of the carrots used: You will find a variety of videos on the internet showing carrots being processed to become "baby carrots". Carrots, as every rabbit knows, have green tops .... "baby carrots" do not - and that is a giveaway!
[My information was that they are machine cut using the very large carrots, which have a low nutritional value and are sold very cheaply - 59c compared to around 90c here in BC - Milson]
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