Monday, 21 January 2019 14:54

A Fruit and Vegetable Safety Refresher

aubergines-bio-cabbage-5205Most people know the importance of ensuring raw meat is handled properly for food safety, but lately, it seems that produce has more often been the source of foodborne illnesses and recalls. This makes sense if you think about it, as many fruits and vegetables are consumed raw, without the benefit of cooking to kill off unwanted bacteria. Fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet, but with all of the news about contaminated produce, it’s easy to worry about protecting your family from food poisoning. Here are some ways you can cut down on the risk of foodborne illness from produce:

When choosing produce:

  • Select items that are not bruised or damaged
  • Look for produce that is local. The less hands that have touched it in transport, the better.
  • Separate fruits and vegetables from meat, poultry, and seafood in your cart and bags
  • Only select pre-cut fruits and vegetables that were stored on ice

At home:

  • Wash your hands, utensils, and surfaces (cutting boards, etc) before preparing food
  • Clean fruits and vegetables before eating, cutting, or cooking under running water
  • Wash the outside of produce before cutting, even if you don’t plan on eating the peel or rind
  • Cut any bruised or damaged areas before preparing or eating
  • Dry fruits or vegetables with a clean paper towel
  • Refrigerate fruits and vegetables you have cut or peeled within 2 hours

Avoid high risk foods such as sprouts and melon if you have a weakened immune system

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