Birds have been known to occasionally spread diseases to humans through droppings, ticks, mites, and other forms of transmission. It has been suggested that there are over 60 other diseases that birds and their droppings can carry. It is important to use health precautions around areas with high concentrations of birds and bats, such as removing small amounts of droppings with soap and water, and consulting with an environmental engineer for removal of large quantities of birds, bats, or their waste.
Food that is grown in areas with large bird populations can be contaminated by bird droppings containing dangerous diseases. One such food is the key lime. Mainly grown in and around the Miami area, Central America, and Mexico; key limes can become coated with bird waste, and as such, are at risk for containing E. coli, and other human-transmissible diseases. Key lime pie usually contains the zest as well as the juice of the lime, and as such, it is especially important to make sure the outside peel of the lime is as clean as possible.
Washing produce thoroughly with soap and water removes dirt, sand, and other debris, but for reducing contaminants such as E. coli, Salmonella, and Listeria, try CitroBio Food Wash. CitroBio is available for commercial and home use, is professionally tested, and has been serving the food industry for nearly 20 years. Also, be sure to use safe food practices when making and storing key lime pies, which are often made with raw eggs. Learn more here.