Tip of the Day
It's Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Season!
Warmer temperatures and increased daylight means more fresh fruits and vegetables are available. In-season produce tastes delicious, but remember to always wash fruits and vegetables before serving. All produce, even those labeled organic, can contain harmful bacteria which can lead to food poisoning.
Strengthen your safety net by following these tips in your kitchen:
- Rinse fresh produce in water, even if you don't eat the outer layer.
- For carrots, squash, potatoes, cucumbers, apples and pears use a vegetable brush. Avoid using soap, which can leave a residue.
- Remove outer leaves of lettuce, cabbage and other leafy vegetables.
For more information on how to reduce your risk of food poisoning while preparing foods, visit our Produce Safety section on HomeFoodSafety.org.
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