Fresh Produce Safety

Fresh fruits and vegetables are a key component to a healthy diet.  It has become easier in recently to find an abundance of choices throughout the year. As you incorporate these nutritious foods into your diet it is important to take special care in how you handle them to avoid the risk of foodborne illness.

It is best to start at the source, the grocery store.  Take care not to purchase foods that are bruised or damaged.  When you purchase items that are already cut or peeled be sure they are being stored in ice or in a  refrigerator.  When it comes to taking your items home  bag them separately than meat, poultry, and seafood products. 

Once you get your fresh produce home you should store it in the refrigerator if it is perishable.  All fresh produce should be washed prior to consumption.  Wash under running water before preparing or consuming, it is not recommended to wash with soap.  A brush can be used to scrub firm produce like  melons, cucumbers, and potatoes.  Use a clean towel or paper towel to dry after washing to reduce the risk of contaminating your clean food.

And that’s it!  Enjoy your fresh fruits and veggies!

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