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Handle Your Fruits and Veggies Safely

Outbreaks of illness from contaminated produce are rare, but they do happen. And while that's no reason to swear off fresh fruits and vegetables, there are simple precautions you can take to keep yourself and your family safe.

 Shop smart

  • When buying pre-cut vegetables or packaged greens, be sure they have been properly stored either on ice or in a refrigerated case.
  • Avoid produce that has been bruised, damaged or shows signs of mold.
  • Always place produce in plastic bags, even if you're only buying one piece of fruit, as grocery carts and checkout conveyor belts can hold germs.


 Wash well

  • Don't wash whole fruits or vegetables until you're ready to use them.
  • When washing firm produce, such as apples or tomatoes, use cool running water and your hand or a vegetable brush to rub them clean as you rinse.
  • Wash softer produce, such as berries or spinach, under running water or carefully wipe them clean with a damp paper towel.
  • Always wash produce before you eat it: Even pre-washed fruits and vegetables should be carefully rinsed.


 Store properly

  • Keep room-temperature produce, such as onions and potatoes, in a cool, dry place, but store them separately as they can cause each other to spoil.
  • Don't store fruits like apples, pears and bananas together with other produce: They emit a gas called ethylene that will cause your other fruits and vegetables to spoil more quickly.
  • Store refrigerated produce separately from raw meats or seafood. The crisper is the best place for produce, but be sure to check it often.
  • Cover cut fruits or vegetables with plastic wrap or put them in air-tight containers before storing.
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Wash your Vegetables

Do you know where your potatoes, oranges and tomatoes have been? Unless your fruits and vegetables are organic, they grew up in fields covered in pesticides and herbicides. Although the pesticide residues on fruits and vegetables are considered to be at safe levels for human consumption, do you really want those extra chemicals on your food?

Once your fruits and vegetables were ready for harvest, they were handled by several different pairs of hands in the fields and orchards, then in the warehouses, and finally again in your grocery store. Bacteria such asListeriaSalmonella and E. coli may all be lurking on your produce, whether they are organically grown or conventionally grown. These bacteria all cause food-borne illness and need to be washed away.

How to Wash Fruits and Vegetables

  • Start by keeping your kitchen countertops, refrigerator, cookware and cutlery clean.
  • Always wash your hands before preparing meals and handling fruits and vegetables.
  • Wait until just before you eat or prepare your fruits and vegetables to wash them. They have natural coatings that keep moisture inside, and washing them will make them spoil sooner.
  • Wash all pre-packaged produce, even if the label claims they are pre-washed.
  • Clean the whole thing - even the parts you don't eat. Bacteria can live on the rinds or skins of foods like bananas, potatoes or rutabagas. Though you may peel them away and toss the coverings in the trash, the bacteria can be transferred from the rind to the knife, then on to the part you're cutting.
  • Gently rub fruits and vegetables under running water. Don't use any soaps, detergents, bleaches or other toxic cleaning chemicals. These chemicals will leave a residue of their own on your produce.
  • Commercial sprays and washes really aren't any better than cleaning thoroughly with plain water, so don't waste your money on them.
  • Firmer items, such as apples and potatoes, can be scrubbed with a vegetable brush while rinsing with clean water to remove dirt and residues.
  • Remove and discard the outer leaves of lettuce and cabbage heads, and thoroughly rinse the rest of the leaves.
  • Rinse berries and other small fruits thoroughly and allow them to drain in a colander.
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