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Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Safety

Posted by | March 30, 2011

Do you regularly visit farmer’s markets? Farmers follow “good agricultural practices” to enhance food safety. But, consumers have responsibilities, too.

Fruits and vegetables may contain harmful bacteria like E. Coli and Shigella. Contamination may occur anywhere from the farm to your table.

Washing is very important – start with your hands before you handle the fresh produce.

To wash fruits and vegetables, remove and discard the outer vegetables like lettuce and cabbage. Wash whole produce and scrub if possible under clean, running water. Do not wash fruits and vegetables with household detergents. Some fruits and vegetables can absorb detergents. Detergents are not intended for use directly on food.