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Handle Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Safely

Handle Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Safely

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  • Wash hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds before and after handling fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Clean all surfaces and utensils, including cutting boards, countertops, peelers and knives that will touch fresh fruits or vegetables, with hot water and soap before and after food preparation.
  • Rinse fresh fruits and vegetables, including those with skins and rinds that are eaten, under running tap water. Use a produce brush if needed.
  • Never use soap or bleach to wash fresh fruits or vegetables.

Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Featured in Food Wise April 2017 newsletter (PDF)

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