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Wash Your Greens
It's not just under-cooked meats that can put you at risk for food poisoning. Your produce could make you sick as well!
Remember to properly wash fruits and vegetables to reduce your risk of food poisoning. Even organic fruits and vegetables can become contaminated with harmful bacteria from the soil or water during harvest, preparation or storage. Do you know the correct steps for properly washing different types of fruits and vegetables?
- Wash with cool tap water and dry with a clean cloth or paper towel to eliminate bacteria.
- Before you peel, wash produce to make sure dirt and bacteria aren't transferred from the knife to your fruits or vegetables.
- Using soap or produce wash is not necessary; for firm produce such as melons or cucumbers, scrub with a clean produce brush.
For information and tips on how to reduce your risk of food poisoning, visit HomeFoodSafety.org.
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