Produce and Fresh-Squeezed Fruit and Vegetable Juices: Food Safety Tips
Staying Healthy...Staying Safe
Fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet. Your local markets carry an amazing variety of fresh fruits and vegetables that are both nutritious and delicious.
As you enjoy fresh produce and fresh-squeezed fruit and vegetable juices, it's important to handle these products safely in order to reduce the risks of foodborne illness.
Avoiding Foodborne Risk is Easy
Harmful bacteria that may be in the soil or water where produce grows may come in contact with the fruits and vegetables and contaminate them. Or, fresh produce may become contaminated after it is harvested, such as during preparation or storage.
Eating contaminated produce (or fruit and vegetable juices made from contaminated produce) can lead to foodborne illness, which can cause serious - and sometimes fatal - infections. However, it's easy to help protect yourself and your family from illness by following these safe handling tips!
Buying Tips for Fresh Produce
You can help keep produce safe by making wise buying decisions at the grocery store.
Purchase produce that is not bruised or damaged.
When selecting fresh cut produce - such as a half a watermelon or bagged mixed salad greens - choose only those items that are refrigerated or surrounded by ice.
Bag fresh fruits and vegetables separately from meat, poultry and seafood products when packing them to take home from the market.
Storage Tips for Fresh Produce
Proper storage of fresh produce can affect both quality and safety.
To maintain quality of fresh produce:
Preparation Tips for Fresh Produce
Begin with clean hands. Wash your hands for 20 seconds with warm water and soap before and after preparing fresh produce.
What About Pre-washed Produce?