Many people don't realize that even fresh produce can be the culprit in acquiring food-borne diseases. Even if you grow your own fruits and veggies, it’s best to give them a quick wash to make sure they’re squeaky clean!
- Wash your hands for at least forty-five seconds with warm water and soap before handling produce. It is said to reduce the chances of getting sick since germs were eliminated early in the process.
- Gently rub produce while holding it under plain running water. Use a clean fruit and vegetable brush to scrub the less-sensitive produce.
- Dry produce with a clean cloth or paper towel. Avoid sponges because it is easily contaminated with bacteria from the moisture. Remember!
- No soap or special solutions are necessary; water is still the best agent.A strong potential source of contamination is the kitchen. Knives, cutting boards, plates and other kitchen equipment should be cleaned with soap and water to prevent bacteria build-up.
- Refrigerate produce that was purchased pre-cut or peeled at 40 degrees or below to maintain quality and safety.