Health Tip: Clean Your Fruits and Veggies

-- Vegetables and fruits can harbor bacteria that can make you sick. So it's important to wash any produce before you eat it -- even fruits or veggies that you peel. Peeling can spread germs from the outer layer to the part you eat.

The Foodsafety.gov website offers this advice about cleaning produce before you eat it:

  • If you see any portions that look damaged or bruised, cut away those areas.
  • Use running water to rinse produce, but don't use any detergent, commercial wash or bleach.
  • Use a produce brush to scrub firm produce, such as cucumbers or melons.
  • Use a clean paper towel to dry these items after they're washed.

Posted: July 2012


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