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Fruit Safety

Wash those Fruits

Raw fruits and can become contaminated with harmful bacteria. Here's the proper way to prepare and handle them safely:

  • Buy fresh fruit that is not bruised or damaged. Don't be tempted to buy bruised fruit if it is on sale.
  • When buying freshcut fruit such as a half a watermelon or bagged mixed salad greens - choose only those items that are refridgerated or surrounded by ice.
  • Bag fresh fruits separately from meat, poultry and seafood products when packing them to take home from the market.
  • Thoroughly rinse raw fruits under running water before eating or preparing them, especially fruits that require peeling or cutting - like cantaloupe and other melons. Bacteria can be found on the outer rind or peel.
  • Don't use soap, detergents, or bleach solutions to wash produce. Use water or a veggie wash solution.
  • As an added precaution, use a small vegetable brush to remove surface dirt.
  • Try to cut away damaged or bruised areas - bacteria can thrive in these places.

Pregnant Women and Fruit Safety

Toxoplasma, a parasite that can be found on unwashed fruits and vegetables, can be particularly harmful to a mom-to-be and her unborn baby.

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