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Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Safety: Farmers Markets

Posted by | March 30, 2011

Are you planning a visit to your farmers’ market this week looking for northwest-grown fruits and vegetables? Farmers follow “good agricultural practices” during planting, growing, and harvesting to enhance food safety. But as a consumer you have important responsibilities to ensure food safety after you bring fruits and vegetables home.

Washing is one of the most important things you can do. Start with your hands. Use soap and warm water, scrub for 20 seconds and dry with a paper towel. It is easy to cross contaminate fresh fruits and vegetables with dirty hands.

Wash fruits and vegetables before eating. Wash whole produce under clean, running water. Some fruits and vegetables may be brushed or lightly rubbed to remove any visible soils. Avoid washing fruits and vegetables with household detergents. Detergents are not intended for use directly on food.