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Smart ways to handle fruits and vegetables

April 22, 2015

Here’s a great idea…

In her book, What to Eat, Dr. Marion Nestle, at New York University, shares “Food can never be perfectly safe, but it can be safe enough when everyone involved – from farmer to consumer – does the right thing. Mostly everyone does, which is why supermarket produce, no matter where it comes from, rarely causes problems.”

In other words…

Fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet. Like any raw fresh foods, naturally occurring bacteria on produce can cause food poisoning. Do your part as the consumer and keep your fruits and vegetables safe by following a few simple rules. Whether you purchase your produce from a corner store, supermarket or farmers market, organic or not, the same rules apply.

Here’s how you can use this idea to have a better life…

Follow these easy, smart produce-handling tips.

  • Check that the produce you purchase has minimal bruising.
  • Only purchase pre-cut fruit and vegetables and bagged salads that are refrigerated or on ice.
  • For produce preparation, wash hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds before and after handling your produce.
  • Just before use, wash produce under warm running water and/or gently scrub firm-skinned produce with a clean vegetable brush under running water. Then dry the washed produce to remove any remaining water droplets.
  • Packaged fruits and vegetables labeled ready-to-eat, washed or triple washed do not need to be washed.
  • Clean all surfaces and utensils that come into contact with your fruits and vegetables.

To find out more…

about food safety at home click here: http://uaex.edu/health-living/food-safety/handling/safety-at-home.aspx or for more on fresh produce handling: http://fightbac.org/campaigns/produce-handling.

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