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Prepackaged Fruits and Veggies

My kids only eat prepackaged fruits and veggies for snacks. Do these snacks need to be washed before my kids eat them?
Prepackaged Fruits and Veggies

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Read your way to food safety. Giving your kids healthful snacks is a big plus for them, but just because produce is wrapped doesn’t always mean it’s ready to eat as is. Read the label of your product to make sure it is says: “ready-to-eat,” “washed” or “triple washed.” If it does, you’re good to go. If it doesn’t, wash your hands and then rinse the fruits or vegetables under running, cool tap water. Scrub firm items, such as melons and cucumbers, with a clean produce brush. Dry with a clean cloth towel or paper towel to further reduce germs that may be present.

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

Featured in Food Wise October 2013 Newsletter (PDF)

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